The first Air Port Express in particular is one of my favorites.
It was a tiny device that you would plug directly into an outlet.
But as we’re about to show you, that may not always be the case.
In the early days of remote computer access in our homes, dial-up service using telephone modems was the standard and were measured in baud rates.
Apple also put a hard drive into your Wi Fi router with the Time Capsule.
This way, you could back up your data using Time Machine but you wouldn’t have to plug a hard drive to your laptop.
The 802.11b protocol had a much lower cost and much longer range than 802.11a, but worked at a much slower speed, maxing out at 11 Mbps.
The lower cost was certainly an attractive advantage to both equipment manufacturers and the end consumer and 802.11b quickly became the preferred version.
The first versions of 802.11 was released in the early 1990s.Now that companies like Eero and Google with the Google Wifi are trying to make wireless routers interesting again, Apple had two possibilities.The company could either invest to make a new iteration of the Air Port devices, or it could pull out of this market. The original Air Port Express (US model number M9470LL/A) debuted in 2004.It only supported up to 802.11g wireless, but that’s plenty good enough to run some Air Play speakers or share a USB printer.The company has done the same thing with other products, relying on third-party manufacturers for external displays.