Apple unveils AirPort Express
TR regular Thresher tipped me off that Apple has unveiled
a nifty new product called the AirPort Express. Ars Technica has a quick overview
of the device's capabilities and potential:
The new device, which looks like an AC wall plug with an Ethernet port, USB port, and mini audio jack, plugs into the wall and can connect to your home stereo system with either a mini-to-RCA left/right audio cable or a Monster mini-to-optical digital Toslink audio cable. The device apparently can be configured to join any 802.11G networking using 40- or 128-bit WEP, or even WAP. You can then control playback via AirTunes (which requires the as-of-yet-unreleased iTunes 4.6 for Mac OS X or Windows).
The AirPort Express is more than just an AirTunes conduit, though. It can also be used as a wireless repeater, router, or USB printer hub. Apple is selling the device, which also works with Windows 2000/XP, for $129.