Related link: http://www.apple.com/airportexpress/
Apple just announce the Airport Express: a tiny 802.11g base station that supports up to 10 clients and can act as a wireless-to-wireless (and some say wireless-to-wired) bridge.
And it is less than $US150.
I am right at the center of the market for this thing. I travel a lot and already lug around an Airport Base Station that I expect to get crushed and destroyed in some way.
My plans for re-configuring my home network have just gone down the drain. We wanted to share our printer through the airport, and I was going to pull some cables to put the airport nearer the center of our apartment, then pull some cables to network our printer with the Airport’s extra ethernet port. Now, I am just going to get an Airport Express and use USB printer sharing.
No, I am going to get three Airport Express stations and put them in every room in the house so we can share even more things (why not get another printer since they are so cheap?), have excellent signal everywhere, and try out this AirTunes thing. No, wait, I need another one for travel, too.
This also revives some of the stuff I have done with my HandSpring Edge and it’s 802.11 card. I can connect to my Macs through SSH and control various things through little languages I wrote (like my Polyglot::iTunes Perl module).
Could it get any better? How about an Airport that is actually inside the transformer brick on the AC power cord of my laptop? Or a combination iPod/Airport gizmo? How about a wireless remote control for iTunes? What if I could just plug this into an ethernet port and get power from that?
I wonder if anyone will use this as their sole base station.
Anyone want to buy some old 802.11b base stations?