Rumor: Airport Upgradable?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by arn, Jan 20, 2003.

  1. arn
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    Apr 9, 2001

    sounds pretty unbelievable to me...

  2. Stelliform
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    Oct 21, 2002
    I would be happy with an airport extreme card that fit in my current TiBook. However, if it is true, I would be one happpy camper. :D
  3. Rower_CPU
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    Oct 5, 2001
    San Diego, CA
    Yeah, sounds like wishful thinking to me.

    Anybody people with in-depth knowledge of how .b and .g hardware works to say if this is truly possible?
  4. NicoMan
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    Oct 20, 2002
    Malmö, Sweden
    It was always one of the possible scenarios happening when upgrading wireless networks from 802.11b to 802.11g. Now is that possible on Apple hardware? I wouldn' bet on it.

    One sure thing is that, if it is true, I understand that Apple wouldn't want to make it public knowledge; they still need to sell new hardware. But on the other hand, all the lines that haven't been updated yet to Airport Extreme (along with Bluetooth, etc...) are bound to suffer because people are going to be waiting for upgrades that are felt to be coming soon.

    Anyway, if it is true, it is huge...

  5. peterjhill
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    Apr 25, 2002
    Seattle, WA
    802.11b uses digital spread spectrum and 802.11g uses orthangonal frequency division multiplexing. What does that mean? It means they use two different methods to encode the data. Depending on what is in the airport cards, it might be possible. They would have to reprogram the cards. I doubt that it is possible, or else we would have heard about the lucent/proxim cards being flash upgradable also.

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