New Airport Card in Intel iMacs?

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  1. Grasbak macrumors 6502

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    I read somewhere there is a new Airport Card in the new iMacs.... is it newer than my RevC G5 iMac?

    What is the difference?
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    It's a mini PCI express card as oposed to the old mini PCI cards (at least in the MBP). The end result is pretty much the same.
     
  3. Grasbak thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Cool. I thought I had read that the new card is ready to handle the new wireless standard - "n"?
     
  4. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    It's can't do N. It is possible that an N card will be released which will fit the new slot as it is more or less a standard (in terms of connection and size).
     
  5. Anonymous Freak macrumors 601

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    One big problem...

    One big problem is that the new card isn't as easy to get to as the older ones were. This means that to replace the card will pretty much require a trip to your local Apple Authorized Service Center.
     
  6. Bunsen Burner macrumors regular

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    The old Airport cards (both original and Extreme) were Broadcom chip based and are b and g (Extreme only) compatible. The Intel Mac Airport cards are Atheros chipped and are a, b, and g compatible.

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