Linksys mesh Wi-Fi system gets Apple’s stamp of approval

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Mesh networks are the future of Wi-Fi.
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Stick a fork in Apple’s router business. It looks dead.

In another sign that Apple is just too damn busy to update its outdated AirPort line of routers, the company is now selling a new mesh router system made by Linksys.

Apple hasn’t updated the AirPort Extreme since 2013, while its older AirPort models were last updated in 2012. The technology behind the AirPort Express and TimeCapsule routers is fairly old, considering most companies have moved toward mesh networks that bring more even Wi-Fi coverage to households.

Shoppers can now buy the Linksys Velop Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi System from Apple’s online and retail stores. The mesh router package comes with two bases for $349, or you can get a 3 pack for $499.

In a statement to 9to5Mac, Apple says it’s not going to stop selling AirPort products quite yet.

“People love our AirPort products and we continue to sell them. Connectivity is important in the home and we are giving customers yet another option that is well suited for larger homes.”