Airport Extreme - Compatible Network Adapter

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by numbersyx, Aug 17, 2007.

  1. numbersyx macrumors 65816

    numbersyx

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    Just bought an AEBS to replace my d-link dir 625. The D-Link was continually dropping out ever since the last software update.

    Really like the AEBS (only 3 gigabit ports though) but have a problem. My wife's PC which actually uses a d-link network adaptor card (slotted into PCMIA) can now no longer see my network. I suspect this is because I am running the Airport at 5Ghz (n only) to get the best speed. Anyone know of a compatible adapter card? Or is there another solution to this?

    Thanks.
     
  2. swiftaw macrumors 603

    swiftaw

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    You realize that unless you are transferring files to another machine on your network then running at n speed only has no benefit. Even g speed is much faster than your internet connection, so you'll not notice any improvement by going up to n. The only time you will notice a difference, as I said, is transferring files between two computers on your own network.
     
  3. numbersyx thread starter macrumors 65816

    numbersyx

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    Yes. That's exactly what I'm doing as I have a Network Attached Storage drive attached to the AEBS. It does pain me to have to reduce the speed. Still I'm hoping someone has an answer....
     
  4. Objectivist-C macrumors 6502

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    I'd be rather surprised if any of the wifi gear manufacturers didn't have pre-N PCMIA cards.
     
  5. guru_ck macrumors 6502

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    Same issue here. Bought a AEBS but need to find a PCI card for the PC that will operate at 5GHz. Anyone?
     
  6. macleod199 macrumors 6502

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    This is exactly what i wanted for my PC, and I couldn't find anything. Even the fancier/more expensive DLink pre-N card I looked at didn't do 5 GHz, so I was out of luck. I was in a hurry so I limited myself to just what I could buy locally and return if necessary (I wasn't sure if it would work with Linux, either).

    The problem seems to be that 5 GHz support is an optional part of the spec. I was really disappointed, too. :(

    To the original poster, the best you can probably do at the moment is get a draft-N card for your wife's computer, and run N-only at 2.4 GHz. I'd imagine you'd still be approaching the limits of the hard drive transfer speed on your NAS, unless you have some pretty serious equipment.
     

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