Apple will be providing service and parts for the current-generation Air Port Base Stations for the next five years, and the company is sharing several support documents to assist customers who are transitioning away from the Air Port products.
Third-party router options such as the Linksys Velop have been available for purchase from Apple since early 2018.
Apple's Air Port Express supports Air Play, allowing it to stream audio from a computer running i Tunes or an i OS device to a stereo system or Air Play-compatible speakers and it supports wireless printing.
It comes with 2 Ethernet ports (WAN AND LAN), an analog/digital audio output jack, and a USB printer port.
At 9, the Air Port Extreme is Apple's mid-level base station, offering dual-band higher-speed 802.11ac Wi-Fi, printer and hard drive sharing, and a stronger signal due to its high-rise design and six antennas.
Apple's Air Port Time Capsule, priced at 9 to 9, is essentially an Air Port Extreme with a built-in hard drive that facilitates automatic wireless backups using Apple's Time Machine software.
Though the Air Port Extreme uses the same hardware as the Air Port Time Capsule, with space for a hard drive, it is not possible to connect a third party hard drive within the device.
With the Air Port Disk feature, users can plug a USB hard drive into the Air Port Extreme to function as a network-attached storage device for both Mac and Windows clients.
Both USB hubs and printers are also supported, allowing shared wireless printing.
The fifth-generation version, which supports the faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi protocol, debuted on during Apple's June 2012 Worldwide Developers Conference.
It includes the same specifications, features, and ports included with the Air Port Extreme, but adds an internal 2–3 TB hard drive to facilitate system backups.
They will be available through Apple.com, Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers while supplies last," said an Apple spokesperson.