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Apple pares AirPort Extreme prices

Prices of wireless base station and card go down.

Apple Computer on Monday quietly cut the price of its AirPort Extreme base station and card. The base station price drops from $249 to $199, while the cost of a card that goes inside a laptop or desktop went from $99 to $79.

Apple last month announced the $129 AirPort Express, which acts as an 802.11g wireless base station and allows people to stream music from a Mac located in another room. While the Express version is dramatically cheaper than the Extreme, even with this week's price cut, the Extreme does have a few additional capabilities. For example, it can connect to Macs via either wired or wireless connections.