A couple of questions concerning 802.11n not in current MacMini...

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Mark W., Nov 27, 2007.

  1. Mark W. macrumors newbie

    Nov 27, 2007
    Hello everyone (this being my first post here :),

    I'm currently in the market for a MacMini IC2D (to replace the AppleTV as my media station connected to my B&O audio/video system), but I just noticed that it still ships with 802.11g. As I currently have an iMac and a MacBook in my home network (both IC2D with 802.11n), I'm suddenly not so sure about doing this upgrade now (as I understand the whole network speed will be set by the slowest component; i.e. the MacMini would drag also the n-savvy iMac and MacBook down to g-speeds...). Hence I have three questions:

    1) Will the software based n-enabler that Apple offers be able to upgrade the MacMini firmware so that it supports the n protocol just as if it was delivered this way in the first place, or will the current MacMini for always be able to support the g protocol only?

    2) Are there any solid rumours about the MacMini being upgraded to support the n protocol in the very near future, or is the general concensus here that Apple will not bother with the n protocol at all for the MacMini?

    3) My internet connection is 24 Mbit/sec (in theory, in practice I don't know how fast/slow it actually is...), and I'm not really shuffling a lot of files back and forth (whenever I need to transfer large chunks of data I find it just as easy to move an external hard drive between them...). Is my concern about the n protocol therefore practically irrelevant, or will it turn out to be a major mistake not to have an n-savvy MacMini in a couple of years..?

    Many thanks in advance for your advice!

    Mark W. (Sweden)


    (I recently posted this in another related thread, but it struck me that it was perhaps a bit off-topic there, hence my re-post as a new separate thread instead; my apologies if this is not in line with the forum protocol!)
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    1) No

    2) none at the moment

    3) irrelevant, at least for now.

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