Apple will no longer be involved in the production of Wi-Fi routers. The entire AirPort device series has just been cancelled. This equipment will be available in Apple stores, and owners of devices already purchased can count on support (including a post-warranty service), which will be completed in 5 years. AirPort Time Capsule network drives will also be discontinued from the market.
Some people prefer to buy equipment from a single manufacturer. This is especially noticeable for Apple customers. You can call it brand-related, but in the case of devices designed in Cupertino, it makes sense. Apple has created its own ecosystem. That’s why having a computer, a smartphone, a laptop or a TV set with the logo of a bitten apple is justifiable. Similarly (or at least it was) with network devices from the AirPort series. While the Wi-Fi router itself may well be from a different manufacturer, the AirPort Time Capsule network drive allows easy integration with the macOS operating system. Thanks to this, creating backup copies is easy and virtually maintenance-free.
Apple abandons its solutions in the field of Wi-Fi routers and network drives
However, this does not mean that owners of iMac, MacBooks and iPhones will be deprived of convenient Wi-Fi communication, and the possibility of making backups. Other manufacturers, such as Western Digital, offer network drives that are compatible with Apple’s Time Machine software. On the other hand, AirPort Extreme routers can be replaced by any other powerful device that supports the 802.11ac standard version of 1300 Mbit / s. Anyway, since the beginning of this year Apple has been selling Linksys Velop Mesh Wi-Fi mesh routers through its stores. Several of these devices are used to build a single wireless network that covers large homes and offices.
Apple has also published a new technical support page that describes the features of a Wi-Fi router recommended to work with company devices. As you might have guessed, it should be a device that works in the 802.11ac standard, supports both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands, supports WPA2 Personal (AES) encryption and has a MIMO or MU-MIMO (Multi User MIMO) mode.