802.11n

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  1. Slipperyskates macrumors newbie

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    For older Mac laptops, would it work to add a third party 802.11n wireless card, so as to connect the the new Apple TV and Airport Extreme at higher speeds?
     
  2. iW00t macrumors 68040

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    No.

    The current crop of 802.11n implementations are still very vendor specific, so one brand of n cards might not work with another brand's.
     
  3. bbydon macrumors 6502a

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    there have been alot of conflicts with various companies N wifi.

    But Apple tv says it will work with g cards

    sorry misread yer post....
    hopefully apple will release new cards soon
     
  4. chiefillini macrumors regular

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    :confused: So did we get an update for the C2D MBP to turn on the 802.11n yet??? I updated software this morning and noticed an update to aiport but since I have not done the updates in quite some time it could have been an old one.
     
  5. Dfndr90 macrumors regular

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    The "N" update is on the CD that comes with the new Airport Extreme. I have not seen any other update available.

    Matt...
     
  6. aquajet macrumors 68020

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    I'm sure it'll eventually work with no problems, after the standard is set.

    *eyes Expresscard slot on MBP CD*
     
  7. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

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    Apple is mixing implementations on various products, using Atheros chips in some units, and Broadcom chips in others. I don't think there have been any problems due to this and don't forsee any later.
     
  8. iW00t macrumors 68040

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    Which Apple device with 802.11n uses a broadcom chip? :confused:
     
  9. SpookTheHamster macrumors 65816

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    My iMac says Broadcom if I look at the devices in Windows.
     
  10. logandzwon macrumors 6502a

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    Apple also writes the driver and has not enabled the a nor n functions of the cards yet....
     
  11. iW00t macrumors 68040

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    Will the airport extreme router be compatible with the finalised 802.11n standard?

    It is really lame how we all paid for the 802.11n cards in our computers but we have to pay some more to Apple to "unlock" it.
     
  12. emaja macrumors 68000

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    That is the $64,000 question. In theory, yes it should be fine, but I am very wary of buying a draft N router of any brand right now since the standard could be changed enough that the current equipment may not work when the standard is ratified.

    The expense and the uncertainty are enough to keep me away for now.
     
  13. aquajet macrumors 68020

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    Perhaps a firmware update in the future will ensure adherence to the finalized n standard.

    Actually, you only paid for the g standard because that's what was advertised at the time. Can we confirm that you indeed must purchase the new AE station in order to unlock the n capabilities? If so, that's indeed pretty lame.
     
  14. chiefillini macrumors regular

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    Yeah that is lame. Link Here for apple's "n" response
    I didn't think apple was into taking advantage of their customer but as they continue to grow I am guessing we will see more of this.
     
  15. iW00t macrumors 68040

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    That is not true. No matter how you spin it ultimately the n cards costs Apple somewhat more than the g cards, and had they choose to stick with the lower cost g cards they'd have the option of "passing on the savings to the consumer" (yeah yeah...). At best all that can be said now is "buy another overpriced piece of kit from us to make your previously bought overpriced piece of kit somewhat less overpriced".

    I will eat my words though if Apple releases some form of patch through the publicly accessible software update that unveils this capability.
     
  16. ventro macrumors 6502a

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    If somebody rips an ISO of this wireless enabler disc, can we use our macbook pros to connect to non-apple wireless routers? Windows under Bootcamp already uses the N card with my N router just fine.
     
  17. ilkevinli macrumors 6502

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    Yes and thats what Im hoping someone will do !!

    P.S. Your card is connecting at G speeds under bootcamp. It will NOT connect at N speeds until the enabler software is run on the card.

     

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