A Dell 802.11n Card in a MacBook

Discussion in 'MacBytes.com News Discussion' started by MacBytes, May 17, 2007.

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    This is impressive! How do the antenna cables attach? I guess I'm just looking at photos, but the connection looks unfamiliar to me. Do they snap on, or is there some other mechanism?

    Anyone done this?
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    Just ordered one of these off of eBay for my MacBook Pro – $40 + $7 shipping. Looks to be a pretty easy install; I'll report back after trying it.
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    Once N is out of draft and mine is long out of warranty I'll likely upgrade mine.
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    It looks like some kind of snaps looking at the picture.
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    Yes, there are posts on the card itself and they just snap onto the cup shaped like connectors.
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    Ahh, excellent, thanks! :)
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    Are these cards the same for the mac mini ?
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    How much would the range improve with my Macbook Pro CD and Airport Express? At all?
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    Airport Express? :confused: Should not make any significant difference. You will need an 802.11n router to make a difference. Then you'll get something like a 1.5-2x range boost.
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    hmm... okay. I thought that it would have a better range for all the signals, but oh well. Thanks.
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    I 'think' if you use the 802.11n card on a 802.11g network then you may see a slightly better reception, but nothing more that that.
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    Should be. They all use a standard Mini PCI-E card
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    Those crazy french guys at macbidouille/hardmac always seem to be doing things like this! Don't they have jobs/families/parties to go to?! :D
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    Chef Medeski



    Exactly. The MIMO hardware helps improve range no matter the standard. For instance MIMO 802.11g routers are out there that extend the range without any new protocols! Its really quite simple, by using multiple simultaneous signals once can extend the range sort of like adding vectors. So whatever piece of equipment router or card has MIMO in .11g or .11n (all .11n cards have MIMO, most -g do not!) it will extend your range. I got the new 802.11n Airport Express because I had abysmal reception in my basement with my Powerbook, now its crystal clear, but I still only have .11g in my computer. It works in reverse as well.

    So yes you will get better range. Thats it. Speed will only be bumped due to corollary better reception.
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    So you don't need even need MIMO itself on both ends to make it work? Wow, that's educational! :)
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    Just wanted to post a followup to this: got the card about a week ago, finally got some time tonight to install it. Works like a charm! Just as MacBoudille reported, my MBP sees it as an Airport Extreme, Broadcom chip, 802.11b/g/n. Connects without any problems to my Airport Extreme 802.11n, and transfers are much speedier than with my previous 802.11g hardware.

    All-in-all, a pretty easy installation and definitely worth the $45.
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    what does it mean to be in our out of draft?

  20. flopticalcube, Jun 5, 2007
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    Out of draft = once the details of n have been completely finalized.
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    so nothing changes? it is just details.... ?

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