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Video-Enabled Airport Express Coming Sept. 12?

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Rumor has it that the Apple September 12 Media Event is going to give us a whole bunch of video and video related products. One of these is the Video-Enabled Airport Express. Basically an upgrade of the current AE, which streams iTunes music over 802.11b. An upgraded version that supports video will no doubt be 802.11b/g to support the added bandwidth usage.

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The rumor also says Apple's making this Airport Express act as a wireless router and print hub (it kind of is already) as well as a video streaming device. Will these features help Apple break into the living room market? Will this even be an actual product? We'll find out next week.

Update: The current Airport Express is already 802.11g, apparently. I must have missed that when browsing through the site. Chalk it up to too much glue sniffing.

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Also of note, the Airport Express is already 802.11g according to the product page.

http://www.apple.com/airportexpress…

As much as I want this to happen, I sort of wish it was an add on to the current airport express devices, say, a USB dongle for video out; as the express already has optical audio. This would relieve the need for me to replace all 4 of the units in my house and 6 in my parents.

Oh sure, I don't HAVE TO replace them. But the boundaries between NEED and WANT get blurred easily when the big J is involved.

Although, on second thought, if it were dual band A/G we may have a winner!