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Apple: 802.11g Accounts for Half of Wi-Fi Sales

More than 150,000 units sold during first quarter By Dave Nagel
A day in advance of its quarterly shareholder meeting, Apple today released preliminary sales figures for its new line of AirPort Extreme products. According to the company, sales of AirPort Extreme devices have accounted for half of the company's 802.11-based technologies over the last quarter. This amounts to roughly 150,000 AirPort Extreme wireless networking products sold over the three months since their introduction at the Macworld Expo in January.

AirPort Extreme is based on the 802.11g standard, while previous AirPort products were based on 802.11b. The newly implemented 802.11g offers five times the data rates of the earlier technology, operating at 54 megabits per second. The technology is also backward-compatible with 802.11b products, of which there are millions, according to Apple.

Apple's AirPort Extreme supports up to 50 users on a single base station. Base stations run $199. The new 17-inch PowerBook ships with an AirPort Extreme card pre-installed. Cards for newer G4 desktops, flat-panel iMacs and 12-inch PowerBooks are available separately for $99. For more information, visit

Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Mac OS, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at [email protected].

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