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How Apple Airport Express Works


Author's Note

It's hard to believe that I started using the Internet using a 300-baud modem tied to a landline. The squeaks and hisses of the connection handshake are forever embedded in my brain. And after all of that waiting, I was greeted by text-driven data and absolutely no graphics whatsoever. Video? The idea was laughable.

These days, my handheld phone has a faster data connection by far -- and it's always on. So it's easy to take products like the AirPort for granted. But suffice it to say, 20 years ago I would never have dreamed of a pocket-sized router that magically gave me high-speed access to a Web filled with more information and multimedia than I could imagine. The times have changed, and for the better.

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