Wireless N for Mac Mini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by jgbr, Jan 3, 2008.

  1. jgbr macrumors 6502

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    Hi Folks
    I am wanting to buy a Wireless N USB adapter for my newish Mac Mini.

    Can i just buy a normal wireless N usb adapter (off the shelve) or do i have to hunt for something special?

    Am looking at:

    Belkin F5D8051UK 300Mbps Wireless USB 2.0 Network Adapter
    Linksys WUSB300N 300Mbps Wireless USB 2.0 Network Adapter

    I wonder if just plugging it in would work?
     
  2. Ripmax2000 macrumors regular

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    Are there any Apple Authorised Service Providers in your area?
    Because through them, you can buy the internal Airport N card for a MBP and it fits perfectly inside the Mac Mini, so you'll have N without needed an external card.
    An Apple Store won't do this for you though, you will have to go through a Service Provider.
     
  3. tdhurst macrumors 68040

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    Hmm...

    Isn't the installation for that a little complicated? I remembering it not being easy to even install ram in a mini.
     
  4. bigandy macrumors G3

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    It'd be expensive ;)


    To the OP - while it's a cheap option, to do this, most Wireless USB sticks don't just work.

    My girlfriend had one for her iBook (802.11G, not -N), and the config utility was horrific.

    The best bet is to either try, and see - especially if the retailer has a good returns policy.

    The other option is the Apple Store online - they used to offer some good wireless USB sticks. Or were they just Bluetooth? I'm confusing myself now ;)
     
  5. plinden macrumors 68040

    plinden

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    It depends on whether there are drivers for them. Most aren't compatible. There are a couple that are, but I don't believe Belkin or Linksys USB adapters are (last time I checked).

    The only one I can think of offhand is http://www.quickertek.com/products/n_nano.php

    I believe there's at least one more, but I can't remember what it is.

    Most (or all) USB wireless N adapters are 2.4GHz only, so you don't get to use the 5GHz band (lower interference, less signal drop with distance)
     
  6. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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