Best USB 3.0 Wireless AC Adapter for Mac

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by taylord22, Dec 4, 2013.

  1. taylord22 macrumors regular

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    Anyone have any suggestions or experiences they could share?

    I'm looking at getting one for my 2012 iMac
     
  2. blueroom macrumors 603

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    Nothing available currently for the Mac. Not likely either. Those super fast 802.11ac speeds only apply if you're fairly close to the router.

    Best bet is wired GigE to the router or a fast POE adapter or an expensive 802.11ac access point (goes to the GigE on the Mac)

    It might be possible to setup an AEBS as an GigE access point but I've never tried it.
     
  3. taylord22 thread starter macrumors regular

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    My problem is that I live in a brick tri-level where the access point/modem is located in my basement. My office, however, is on a main floor addition that wings out.

    I get a decent signal, and thought that I might be able to reap some AC benefits on my main machine (iMac) if a USB 3AC adapter was available.

    Do you have any other ideas? I'm hesitant to run cable through my basement wall, into the garage, then out of the garage, and along the side of the house in IL.
     
  4. blueroom macrumors 603

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    Unless you're about 20ft from the router with no obstructions you're not going to get those blazing speeds. You could try a pair of Ethernet over Power adapters.
     
  5. RMo, Dec 4, 2013
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    I assume you mean Ethernet over Powerlines, not Power over Ethernet, which is quite different.

    For the original poster: I'm not sure what their real-world, practical throughput is, but some newer Powerline models claim 500 Mpbs (rivaling theoretical 802.11n speed, but the real question here is how they actually perform in your situation). Some older ones claim 200 Mpbs. Many people get by on a wired 100 Mpbs home network, so if the Powerline adapters come even close to that, you might be better off with this if wireless is bad for you. However, it sounds like 802.11n (theoretically faster than the previously mentioned Fast Ethernet but not rivaling Gigabit) is working at least decently well for you right now.
     
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