In this video, Adam unboxes the Apple 2013 Airport Extreme.
This new 2013 Airport Extreme Base Station includes three-stream 802.11ac technology. With this technology, you can reach data rates of up to 1.3 Gbps, which is actually triple the previous 802.11n standard. Also, you get double the channel bandwidth, with 80MHz-wide channels providing more room for more data to flow. The new AirPort Extreme includes simultaneous dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi. Basically, this allows it to send data at both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies at the same time.
This AirPort Extreme has a new design, and Apple took an approach that centred on performance. They made it taller and put the antennas at the top, which helps make a higher platform for dispersing the signal. Apple also added more antennas, and there are now six of them. Three of these are for the 2.4GHz band and three for the 5GHz band. The device is less than 10 centimeters square. And the footprint of the AirPort Extreme is 64% smaller than the previous version.
Because Apple is known for simplicity, this carries across to their networking devices too. And with the AirPort Extreme, getting your new Wi-Fi network up and running takes less time and less effort. This is because a setup assistant is built into iOS and into AirPort Utility for OS X. And as soon as you plug in your AirPort Extreme and connect it to your DSL or cable modem, all you need to do is follow the simple instructions on your Mac or iOS device.
Once your network is set up, you can use the AirPort Utility for iOS and OS X. It let’s you manage and monitor your network from your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch or Mac. Your new AirPort Extreme and other AirPort base stations you have connected will be shown in a network map.