Following a weekend of rumours, Apple has indeed today updated its AirPort Express base station with 802.11n.

The move brings the product into line with the rest of Apple's wireless kit: Macs, AirPort Extreme, Time Capsule.

AirPort Express (£65) is the world's smallest 802.11n-based mobile base station and can be plugged directly into the wall for wireless connectivity and USB printing.

AirPort Express also offers AirTunes, which works with iTunes to wirelessly stream music around the home.

"Apple is leading the way with a broad range of innovative 802.11n base stations for almost any wireless networking need," said Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide product marketing.

AirPort Express weighs 6.7 ounces and lets users share a single DSL or cable broadband connection with up to 10 simultaneous users. Users can also share a printer
wirelessly.

Security features include support for WiFi Protected Access (WPA/WPA2), 128-bit WEP encryption and a built-in
firewall.