11 Facts About AirPort


AirPort is a discontinued line of wireless routers and network cards developed by Apple Inc using Wi-Fi protocols.

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AirPort debuted in 1999, as "one more thing" at Macworld New York, with Steve Jobs picking up an iBook supposedly to give the cameraman a better shot as he surfed the Web.

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The AirPort card was later added as an option for almost all of Apple's product line, including PowerBooks, eMacs, iMacs, and Power Macs.

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In 2004, Apple released the AirPort Express base station as a "Swiss Army knife" multifunction product.

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Apple's software drivers for AirPort Extreme supported some Broadcom and Atheros-based PCI Wireless adapters when fitted to Power Mac computers.

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The performance of USB hard drives attached to an AirPort Extreme is slower than if the drive were connected directly to a computer.

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AirPort Express is a simplified and compact AirPort Extreme base station.

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AirPort Express functions as a wireless access point when connected to an Ethernet network.

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In 2012, the AirPort Express took on a new shape, similar to that of the second and third generation Apple TV.

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AirPort continued to be an option, either installed at purchase or later, on the Power Mac G5 and the Mac Pro.

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Caveat of the use of AirPort Disk is that the AFP port 548 is reserved for the service, which then does not allow for simultaneous use of port forwarding to provide AFP services to external users.

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