Apple's AirPort Express gets extra juice with 802.11n upgrade

The portable wireless base station now comes with the fastest iteration of the networking standard, already present in Apple's other hardware.

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Apple has updated its AirPort Express portable wireless base station to make it compatible with the speedy 802.11n wireless standard , the company announced Monday.

802.11n, the latest iteration of the wireless networking standard, more than quadruples wireless-data rates to 248 megabits per second from the current 54 megabits per second offered by the 802.11g wireless standard; there are also some security improvements over 802.11g.

Apple's current lineup of laptops, iMac desktops, Apple TV set-top boxes , and Time Capsule backup devices already come with 802.11n.

An AirPort Express allows up to 10 Wi-Fi users to share a single broadband connection, access a printer wirelessly through a USB, and wirelessly stream media from Apple's iTunes software through its "AirTunes" feature. Always a proponent of small size, Apple touts the weight of the little guy as just 6.7 ounces; it costs $99.

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