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At 9, the Air Port Extreme is Apple's mid-level base station, offering dual-band higher-speed 802.11ac Wi-Fi, printer and hard drive sharing, and a stronger signal due to its high-rise design and six antennas.
Apple's Air Port Time Capsule, priced at 9 to 9, is essentially an Air Port Extreme with a built-in hard drive that facilitates automatic wireless backups using Apple's Time Machine software.
While both the Air Port Extreme and the Air Port Time Capsule were last updated in June 2013 with 802.11ac Wi-Fi, but the 802.11n Air Port Express has not been updated since 2012.
The Air Port Extreme is Apple's fully-featured high-performance Wi-Fi base station, which was given a significant update and radical redesign in June of 2013.
The Air Port Extreme features three Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports, a USB 2.0 port for disk and printer sharing, a built-in file server, and support for Air Play.
Though the Air Port Extreme uses the same hardware as the Air Port Time Capsule, with space for a hard drive, it is not possible to connect a third party hard drive within the device.
Both USB hubs and printers are also supported, allowing shared wireless printing.
The Air Port Express, when connected to an Ethernet network, is designed to act as a wireless access point, like the Air Port Extreme and Air Port Time Capsule.
It supports 50 networked users and can be used to extend the range of an existing network.
They will be available through Apple.com, Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers while supplies last," said an Apple spokesperson.
Apple will not manufacture additional Air Port Express, Extreme, and Time Capsule products, but existing inventory was available until it sold out in November 2018.