If you’re a huge fan of Apple Airport Express device, then you’ll be glad to know that Apple issues the firmware update for AirPort Express and it is adding support for AirPlay 2. So, without any further ado, let’s continue the discussion.
Before diving into the main news, first, a brief introduction of the Apple releases AirPort Express device will be discussed.
The brilliantly-designed Apple’s AirPort Express device is capable of streaming iTunes all around a home network yet its form factor is small. This particular router holds a fast Ethernet port targeted for the internet connection. However, unlike any of the other routers, the incredible AirPort Express device holds only one local-area network port. At most 50 users are capable of sharing the internet with the help of the device. Although AirPort Express device holds only one local area Ethernet port, it is featured with the features that are not present in its competitors.
For instance, the Express provides support to both 2.4GHz as well as 5GHz Wi-Fi radio bands. Even though independent test labs don’t report any extreme performance; however, its capability of operating on a 5GHz network enables users to isolate and also avoid the conflicts in a signal that could often plague the 2.4GHz frequency. The sources of signal conflicts on the 2.4GHz radio band are microwave ovens, garage door openers, cordless telephones, power lines, electrical railroad tracks, and direct satellite service radio frequency leakage.
The incredibly-designed Apple’s updated Airport Express is a small and easy-to-configure router that houses a majority of the features and functionalities that you’d expect in a powerful and modern router, such as printer sharing and simultaneous dual-band networking. This incredible device provides supports to AirPlay targeted for wireless audio streaming that will enable the users to directly plug speakers into its analog or optical audio port. One missing feature is that you can’t add a USB drive for creating an immediate network-accessible storage device that you can on many recent routers. And in case you can acquire along without it and if you need a simple, powerful, and small router that is able to stream audio right to your speakers, then Airport Express would be an ideal option for you.
Encryption of this incredible device contains the extremely secure Wi-Fi Protected Access or WPA/WPA2 accompanied by Wired Equivalent Privacy or WEP that’s mandatory to provide support to the clients that comply with the previous-generation Wi-Fi specifications. WEP is also required for RADIUS or Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service that is an authentication system that screens devices along with users before granting access to networks. As per the report, half of the home wireless routers don’t provide support to Virtual Private Networks. Moreover, the AirPort Express device supports the famous VPN pass-through protocols, such as PPTP, IPSec, and L2TP for enabling the telecommuters for using a public internet subscription in order to connect with corporate networks.
The incredibly-designed AirPort Express ships with a brilliant AirPort Utility disk for installing the software on Windows or Macintosh machines. For the Macintosh users, the Airport Setup Assistant prepares the internet connection and thus it makes it easy to share a printer and thus configures the particular device to play iTunes on a home stereo. It also enables the users to join the AirPort Express to an already-present network’s range. The addition of an AirPort Express for extending the range of an existing network is called a WDS or Wireless Distribution System.
Now, it’s time to discuss the news that Apple releases the update of AirPort Express firmware that’s adding support for AirPlay 2. Apple has already released a firmware update to the latest-discontinued AirPort Express product line and it introduces support for the AirPlay 2 to the router prior to the expected public release of iOS 12 this fall. According to the advice of the Apple Support site, the firmware update 7.8 adds the AirPlay 2 support to the 802.11n AirPort Express base stations. AirPlay 2 is the update from Apple to its incredible media streaming protocol that enables its users with some brilliant features, such as stereo pairing on the particular HomePod as well as multi-room audio for the supported devices.
The betas of iOS 12 have given some hope that Apple is going to add the AirPlay 2 to AirPort Express units with the introduction of the 2012 redesign in the Home application for the first beta; however, it couldn’t be added in the form of a HomeKit peripheral. Following the second beta, the respective Home application would pop up an alert with the advice that an AirPort Express update was available and it required to be applied. However, at the time, no update was available there. In order to install the firmware update, the AirPort Express users need to mandatorily restart the particular router through the AirPort Utility. And then it would be the time for selecting the base station to check out whether or not the update is downloadable. And in case an update is available, a particular “Update” button would be presented that would command the particular base station to go on with the installation process.
In April, Apple had announced that it had discontinued the long-running router line of the AirPort Wi-Fi with the existing online as well as in-store stock for being the last remaining units that it would sell. This news has come after a year followed by the reports that Apple had broken up its particular AirPort division by shuffling workers to other areas as well as projects and it was an apparent signal that the product line was about to end. In January, Apple had started the selling of the Linksys Velop Mesh Wi-Fi System both online as well as instore and it’s an apparent break in the policy of Apple to sell its own routers only and the first third-party router to be sold in its particular retail outlets. If you want to know more about the Apple Airport Expressdevice, then you can contact the respective customer support team.