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

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    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)

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    (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

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    1) No

    2) none at the moment

    3) irrelevant, at least for now.
     

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