upgrade iMac Duo & MBP to N?

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  1. thestaton macrumors 6502

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    with the Apple TV & the new airport extreme out I'm left thinking what about those of us who have a original Duo iMac & Mac Book Pro.

    Or for those who still have impressive G5 systems.

    Has apple made any mention about being able to upgrade these?

    I would hate to think that we would be forced into buying a new apple just for N.
     
  2. rogersmj macrumors 68020

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    Highly doubtful you're going to be able to upgrade the WiFi cards in those models, as it is not a user serviceable part. And I doubt you'll really need to, in most cases. iTunes videos aren't high enough bitrate (I think) to even saturate a G connection as long as you have good signal quality.

    Of course if you decide you do need N, you could just buy a USB adapter for your Mac. No reason to buy a whole new computer.
     
  3. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    The iMac Core Duo has a reasonably accessible wireless card. It's still a pain to open it up though.
     
  4. thestaton thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I know I could change out the laptop and the iMac if the cards are in fact replaceable.
     
  5. iW00t macrumors 68040

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    Even if the cards are replaceable, does Apple use special firmware on the mac versions of these cards?
     
  6. NightStorm macrumors 68000

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    They (or a 3rd party) could release a 802.11n ExpressCard for the MBP Core Duo systems. That's what I'm hoping for anyways.
     
  7. iW00t macrumors 68040

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    If you are on the road it is not like %random% wireless router is going to be an Airport Extreme. Something gives me the feeling that the implementation used by Apple is very vendor specific.
     
  8. adamyoshida macrumors regular

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    While I haven't opened up a C2D MacBook or iMac, weren't the regular Airport Extreme cards in a standardized form-factor, like the original Airport? I don't see any reason why you shouldn't be able to, in a little bit, buy an off-the-shelf Airport-N card and replace the Airport-G card in your system.
     
  9. NightStorm macrumors 68000

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    The 'N' cards require three antennas, and the 'G' ones only have two. At least that is what I have read elsewhere.
     
  10. Object-X macrumors 6502a

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    But then my iMac won't be perfect! :p
     

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