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Featured Linksys Announces New Velop and Gaming Router

Discussion in 'General Wireless Discussion' started by thiggins, Jan 7, 2018.

  1. thiggins

    thiggins Mr. Easy Staff Member

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  2. Mokers

    Mokers Regular Contributor

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    Interesting that Apple is now selling the Velop. I wonder if that means the end of Airport.
     
  3. RMerlin

    RMerlin Part of the Furniture

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    I thought they had officially discontinued the Airport last year.
     
  4. Mokers

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    They said they were not going to be developing it further, but they are still selling the APs themselves.
     
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    sfx2000 Part of the Furniture

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    Actually they did not say they were stopping development of Airports. There were rumors of the Airport team being assigned to other projects - and that's reasonable - should note they did push out a recent release for the Airport N and AC class devices within the past few weeks - which means developers at Apple are still looking at Airports.

    Airports were ahead of the game for some time - the "mesh" stuff - Airport had that years ago with Extended Networks (including Guest Network Support) - the Extreme AC's are still good AC1900 class devices based on the same HW as the Asus RT-AC68U and Netgear R7000 - older devices from Asus and Netgear, but these are still very relevant, as is the Airport AC's are...
     
  6. Mokers

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    Airports are very good and I owned several and used the extend network feature. Yes Apple has kept it upgraded and fixed KRACK, but I dont think it is out of line to speculate when they would stop selling it. I'm sure they would do a good job of they pursued it further but it looks like they want a smart speaker first now. Committing to selling linksys in retail stores adds complexity (admittedly slight) to their supply chain. And we've been seeing this for a while now for several products. I thought Apple's cinema display was still pretty good but Apple has blessed LG for displays now.
     
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    sfx2000 Part of the Furniture

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    they're sold other vendors in the online store as well - even for WiFi...

    At the end of the day - the Airports do well enough for Apple's product line - it would be nice to see a refresh on that product line, but for now, not much need.
     

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