That's after redeeming a $10 mail-in rebate, but still a smoking deal for anyone who needs a new -- or even backup -- router.
The latest update for AirPort base stations addresses some minor but annoying bugs in Apple's line of Wi-Fi routers.
Don't pick up a new, 802.11n-enabled AirPort Express if you're looking for superfast wireless networking performance. You should consider it, however, if you're in the market for a new Wi-Fi router that offers portability, ease of use, and the unique ability to stream iTunes over your network.
We like the Asus WL-500W for its wealth of unique features and its strong signal at long range, but its short-range throughput is substandard and there's no Gigabit Ethernet support. This is a good choice only for advanced users who will take advantage of some of router's USB features and aren't afraid to wade into those waters without help.
It's cheap, easy to set up, and delivers more than acceptable performance at shorter ranges. We like the sleek, white Edimax BR-6504N router, particularly for networks with a mix of Draft N and older 802.11b/g clients.
The workhorse DIR-601 offers a nice upgrade for anyone still chugging along with an old and/or slow router at home.
AirPort Extreme Update 2007-001 Special Report: Does not enable 802.11n functionality, but is required for 802.11n enabler
AirPort Extreme 802.11n Enabler (#2): AirPort Extreme Update 2007-001 required; 802.11n connection issues; more
New AirPort Extreme Base station announced: Shared disk access, 802.11n, enabler for 802.11n hardware in some Macs
Time to consign that old, slow, security-challenged 802.11g router to the trash heap. For a mere $20, you can vastly improve your home network.