Best way to upgrade to 802.11ac for 2012 iMac?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by wmy5, Jul 3, 2013.

  1. wmy5 macrumors regular

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    Hi,

    I just ordered a new AirPort Time Capsule 802.11ac, yet my current Macs do not support the new WiFi technology. Could you suggest a solution for me to get ac speed? Many thanks.
     
  2. rabidz7 macrumors 65816

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    You will need to use an external dongle.
     
  3. flynz4 macrumors 68040

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    Can you direct wire your iMac to the router? Even if it is in different rooms... you can probably hire someone to run a Cat 6 through the walls for a modest fee.

    A direct 1Gb connection would be better than 802.11ac.

    /Jim
     
  4. wmy5 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah but will USB 2 be the bottleneck? Is there any USB 3 802.11ac dongle available?
     
  5. applemike68 macrumors regular

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  7. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    I believe we will see USB dongles for Macs that support the new 802.11ac protocols -- BUT -- it's going to be a while yet before we see dongles on the market that are "known to support" the Mac.

    The only thing to do right now, is to wait.

    I wouldn't buy until I had seen a review from either a website or individual who had bought and tested one...
     
  8. brentsg macrumors 68040

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    If the bandwidth is important enough and you can't fish a cable, simply bridge a second ac AEBS.
     
  9. Giuly macrumors 68040

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    The Linksys WUMC710 "Universal Media Connector" bridges 802.11ac to Gigabit Ethernet for $100 less than the AirPort Extreme. An AirPort Express with 802.11ac would've been nice to retrofit older Macs.
    [​IMG]
     
  10. Mark Jans macrumors newbie

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    I bought the linksys wumc710 with the same idea, but I couldn't get it to work on my mac or pc!! Junk.
    None of the USB dongles are mac compatible.
    Will look and see if netgear have an ac range extender
     

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