Maing a MacBook Pro Wireless with draft-N

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by raven411, Apr 24, 2007.

  1. raven411 macrumors newbie

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    So, I work at a retail store that sells all sorts of wireless goodies and was wondering the best solution to make a MBP wireless. I'm setting up a network in someone's home and they need a very strong signal so I figured I'd use N. They have a MBP with built-in G which will probably not cut it.

    My choices are:

    Netgear

    Linksys

    or

    Apple

    I can also get Airlink/D-link/Belkin N routers but Linksys/Netgear pay me more. ;)

    Now, while I'm fairly knowledgable with networking and computers, I'm also fairly ignorant when it comes to macs.

    Basically, will any draft-N router work, and if so, which draft-N Express cards will work? (I'm assuming only the mac one will, but wanted to ask.)
     
  2. iW00t macrumors 68040

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    For the price of 1 Pre-N router you can almost get 3 DD-WRT compatible G routers and set them up as repeaters and pump the signal over the entire house ;)
     
  3. raven411 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Right, but I'm being paid a flat rate to set this all up and the customer will buy basically whatever solution I provide. 1 router + 1 card seems the easiest way (plus the router pays me commission, assuming it's not the apple one) and the card I'm guessing I would have to order online anyways.
     
  4. marine610610 macrumors regular

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    Is it a MBP C2D? If so he does not need a wireless N card, only needs to enable wireless n. If you buy the apple router the enabler comes with it i believe. I have the apple router, works great on wireless N. Im still hesitant to mix and match a lot of brands when it comes to wireless stuff, i know some people have a lot of success with it though.
     
  5. raven411 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I will verify tomorrow, the customer is fairly illiterate and I have not seen her setup as of yet. What I'm getting from this is that the MBP C2D's come with N capability but I need some sort of proprietary Apple "enabler"?

    like this?

    Sigh...macs...lol
     
  6. mantic macrumors 6502a

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    I am not impressed with the netgear router i bought. My signal is not stable and is dropped alot. Very Very Very annoying!! sometimes i have to reconect every 20-30 seconds. It's going back!
     
  7. marine610610 macrumors regular

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    That is the enabler...

    Hey the Apple N router has a USB port on the back. Maybe she would be interested in an external hard drive or networked printer? Maybe both...
     
  8. raven411 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ok, if she has a C2D MBP I just need the enabler, but if she doesn't have it...does apple or someone else make a laptop express sized card that will work?
     

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