Best way to upgrade to 802.11ac for 2012 iMac?

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

  1. wmy5 macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2012
    upstate NY

    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


    Jun 24, 2012
    You will need to use an external dongle.
  3. flynz4 macrumors 68040

    Aug 9, 2009
    Portland, OR
    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.

  4. wmy5 thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2012
    upstate NY
    Yeah but will USB 2 be the bottleneck? Is there any USB 3 802.11ac dongle available?
  5. applemike68 macrumors regular

    Mar 18, 2011
  6. opinio macrumors 65816

    Mar 23, 2013
  7. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    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

    Oct 15, 2008
    If the bandwidth is important enough and you can't fish a cable, simply bridge a second ac AEBS.
  9. Giuly macrumors 68040


    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.
  10. Mark Jans macrumors newbie

    Jul 11, 2013
    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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