New antenna design gives 50 percent Wi-Fi performance and 25 percent range boost
Apple notoriously updated the AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule hardware internally with new antenna design. Both new AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule models boast of 50 percent better wireless performance. Apple offers AirPort Extreme Base Station for $179 (Rs. 8640 approx.) while the Time Capsule models are available at $299 (Rs. 14,400 approx.) for 1TB and $499 (Rs. 24,000) for 2TB.
AirPort Extreme uses multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) technology for simultaneous transmission of multiple data streams. This technology is based on IEEE 802.11n specifications and delivers five times faster data transfer speeds compared to 802.11g. As listed on the AirPort Extreme features page, improvements in antenna design give up to 50 percent better Wi-Fi performance boost and up to 25 percent better range than the previous generation AirPort Extreme Base Stations.
The Time Capsule's 1TB and 2TB models get a speed boost of 60 percent when used with Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. Refined Time Machine application service needs to be used for faster data backup process. Even Time Capsule got a new improved antenna design that claims to boosts up Wi-Fi performance by 50 percent and offers 25 percent better range as compared with previous generation Time Capsule models.
At the end of July, Apple had quietly updated Time Capsule by dropping the 500GB model and bringing in 2TB model.
Both new products are listed in Apple Store (U.S.).