Apple updating airport extreme

02-Jun-2018 08:41

I measured an average 30% speed increase in file transfers roaming around the house using a three year-old laptop.The range was up significantly: Measured in my back yard (50 feet from the basement-positioned router and with snow drifts to contend with) the network speed went from 5 Mbps to 41 Mbps.If you do decide to update, make sure it’s when some downtime wouldn’t be catastrophic.Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL) is known primarily for i Phones, i Pads and Macs, but the company also makes other high-tech gear.It’s coming up on two years old, so it’s missing some of the latest wireless tech like tri-band radios.

Firmware update 7.7.8 is recommended for all Air Port Extreme and Air Port Time Capsule base stations with 802.11ac.With an i Phone 6 — which supports the new 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard — the improvement was even more dramatic.Wi-Fi network speed in the house increased from a maximum of 126 Mbps with the previous generation Airport Extreme to 265 Mbps.The previous generation looked like a white plastic Mac Mini.

The new one is much taller, but its footprint is smaller.Same day, firmware update 7.6.7 for all of its 802.11n Wi-Fi base stations, including the Air Port Express, Air Port Extreme, and Air Port Time Capsule..