Goodbye to AirPort?


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Apple dissolves AirPort team — While the company hasn’t said anything publicly, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman (who has a goodtrack record with Apple rumours) reports that Apple’s wireless router division has been disbanded. The engineers who were working on products like the AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and AirPort Time Capsule have been moved to work on other projects over the past year, according to Gurman.
Apple’s work on routers has been relatively quiet recently. The AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule last received updates in 2013. These routers are strong enough, but you can get better performance and features elsewhere. However, Apple’s software makes setting up AirPort products simple enough for novices, and once configured they run without any need for maintenance. [Nooo! My whole house is AirPorted up the wazoo!]

Here are some alternatives — not all will be available in New Zealand though.

 

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4 thoughts on “Goodbye to AirPort?”

  1. Ugh. After years of playing around with routers, installing DD-WRT, configuring bridge networks all the to solve a problem getting wi-fi to a far corner of the house, I installed an Airport Extreme and an Airport Express and boom, it just worked. No installing custom ROMs, or complicated configs, or worrying about ssh/telnet access. Should have done it a long time ago. It still works of course but it looks like I need to start thinking about alternatives for the longer-term. Ugh, again.

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