802.11n on last gen notebooks

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  1. otis123 macrumors 6502a

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    is there anyway to get 802.11n on a ibook G4? could you do it by getting a new airport card?
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    You might be able to do it by using a third party dongle, but you can't put an 802.11N AirPort card in an iBook. USB wireless dongles have a pretty bad reputation for causing kernel panics and random freezing, so if I were you I'd stick with the current 802.11G. Sorry mate. :eek:
     
  3. hayduke macrumors 65816

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    What about for a 1.67GHz PB G4? Can that be upgraded with a new Airport Extreme card/802.11n? I can't seem to find anyone how claims to have done this, so my guess is that there is an incompatibility. Is there another way to get 802.11n on a PB G4?
     
  4. maverick808 macrumors 65816

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    From your sig it looks like you only have one machine. Do you realise that 802.11n won't make your Internet speed any faster at all? Are you sure you need 802.11n in the first place?
     
  5. hayduke macrumors 65816

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    I think your comment was directed at the OP, but with regards to my own situation:

    1) I have more than one machine.

    2) I don't want my Internet speed to be faster, I want my networking speed to be improved between two (potentially) 802.11n machines. Also, my Internet download speeds are consistently ~30Mbps so I think I *could* see a boost in Internet speed with 802.11n. At least wikipedia suggests that the typical throughput for 802.11g is 19Mbps and 802.11n is 74Mbps.

    3) No I don't *need* it. I really only need food, water, air,...
     
  6. maverick808 macrumors 65816

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    Yes, it was directed at the OP. Apologies for not making that clear. It is obvious you know why you want 802.11n and understand how it could help. Unfortunately, I haven't heard of anyone getting an 802.11n card in a PowerBook, and I don't know if it's possible. I hope it is though, and that you get it working.
     
  7. e12a macrumors 68000

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    i dont see how that is possible..afterall the N draft wifi shouldnt even exist on Powerbooks. Do they even have drivers?
     
  8. mrkramer macrumors 603

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    I know that Mac Pro cards would work in CD MacBooks and MacBook Pros, so they may work in a powerbook too, I'm not sure if there are drivers available or not though, I would like to know too.
     
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    Sorry. It was a link to a thread posted by a company looking for beta testers for a USB WiFi dongle for Macs.
     
  11. hayduke macrumors 65816

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    Thanks for the tip.

    IMHO dongles are inconvenient and ugly!
     
  12. iW00t macrumors 68040

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    In Corporate Apple, 802.11N mini PCI card costs more than your iBook!
     

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