Best USB 802.11AC adapter for Yosemite?

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  1. spaceballl macrumors 68030

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    Hi All,

    I thought at first I'd be waiting until I got a new Mac.... but I think my first gen rMBP still has a lot of life left in it, but I need me some 802.11AC!

    Anyone know which adapter will work best w/ Yosemite? I don't need the *best* one, in terms of range, but I'd like it to work seamlessly w/ Yosemite.

    FWIW, before people tell me that I'll be just fine w/ my current 802.11N wifi adaptor, I do a LOT of large file transfers to my NAS, and for that, I could use some faster wifi.
     
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  3. spaceballl thread starter macrumors 68030

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    that same one on Amazon has a lot of comments w/ people saying it doesn't work w/ Yosemite...
     
  4. eduardrw macrumors 6502

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    There are quite a few complaints about WIFI issues on Yosemite.
    Given that it is a new release Apple will surely address those in their 0.1 release.
     
  5. UncleSchnitty macrumors 6502a

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    Why not use Apples own BCM94360CS2 $30 on ebay that way you don't need a dongle or anything?
     
  6. spaceballl thread starter macrumors 68030

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    That makes a lot of sense... Is the rMBP airport card upgradeable?
     
  7. UncleSchnitty macrumors 6502a

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    Yup, just unscrew the back panel, pop the old one out throw the new one in

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    The $30 card uses 2 antennas, you can get the BCM94360CSAX that will use all 3 of your antennas but it bumps the price to $89 Heres that one

    Honestly though I don't think you will see real world differences. But hey its up to you
     
  8. spaceballl thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Very cool. Looks like I need BCM94360CSAX, which is going to run me about $100 on eBay, which is obviously more expensive than a dongle, but that's definitely going to be nicer than having something hang out. THANKS!
     
  9. UncleSchnitty macrumors 6502a

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    No problem, I did the switch with my air worked great. Just don't buy the cards for $990 hah
    Like I said I really don't think you'll see a real world difference between the $30 (2 antenna)and $90 (3 antenna) but if you don't mind the extra money for piece of mind then go for it.
     
  10. spaceballl thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I notice a big difference on my wife's laptop (more recent MacBook Air w/ 802.11AC) when transferring large files over my NAS so I just want to have that same experience!
     
  11. UncleSchnitty macrumors 6502a

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    Agreed, I use it for file transfers from computer to computer thru my lan with the Asus ac68u and it's made a huge difference. I think people who talk down on ac are talking about Internet access (where it caps at your ul/dl plan) and not in network file transfers. For anything in your network its almost on par with wired
     
  12. spaceballl thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I have an AC68U w/ the Merlin firmware on it as well... love that router...
     
  13. UncleSchnitty macrumors 6502a

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    How do you like the melin firmware? I've been thinking about doing the flash but couldn't find anything that shows me the difference. The Asus firmware has a lot of options to begin with.
     
  14. spaceballl thread starter macrumors 68030

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    The differences are minimal, which is why I like it so much. You can flash the Merlin firmware directly over your existing firmware, which is not the case with some like DD-WRT. Merlin basically just takes the Asus GPL code, optimizes portions of it, does his own testing, and provides his version. Thus, it's not vastly different, but it has some optimizations / speed improvements. I recommend using the Merlin firmwares, but stay away from the betas - not worth it. The most recent stable Merlin firmware has been rock solid for me.
     
  15. UncleSchnitty macrumors 6502a

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    Does it auto update to latest stable release or will I have to download and flash each release?
     
  16. spaceballl thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Does not auto-update...

    But I don't update my router that often - it's rock solid for over 3 months - I just check about that often.
     
  17. UncleSchnitty macrumors 6502a

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    Alright, flashing now. Thanks for answering my questions
     
  18. zyr123 macrumors 6502

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    Would this work for late 2011 MacBook Pro updating wifi and Bluetooth chip
     
  19. UncleSchnitty macrumors 6502a

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    It's only for retina MacBook pros, classic MacBook pros use a different card and they don't have one with wifi ac
     
  20. tobesuper2014 macrumors newbie

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    Will BCM94360CD be fine?Maybe you shall connect the BT4.0 antenna to 360cd.
     
  21. dkl macrumors member

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    Now that Yosemite has been out for some time, and El Cap has been announced, I was just wondering if anyone has successfully got a usb 802.11ac adapter to work on Yosemite? My 2012 Macbook Air's wireless connection is sucky - worse if I have bluetooth turned on. Was looking for a USB 802.11ac solution.
     
  22. iliasp macrumors member

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    Just put the newer card in and its gonna work, i have seen huge bumps in speed with my synology unit and the newer time capsule
     

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