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10.5: Get a free upgrade to 802.11n in 10.5 Network
This is not quite a hint, hack, or anything, but it's still of interest for those who like me were interested in upgrading their 802.11n-capable iMacs to the rank of 802.11n-enabled iMacs.

Well, I happened to decide only now that I would do that update after many months of resistence. (I didn't have the need for it as my router doesn't support 802.11n, but I am actually thinking of changing my router to a better one, so why not get an "n" one?). To my surprise, the Enabler wouldn't install or work on my iMac, even though it is 802.11n capable. So I looked into some Tech Support Docs, namely this one which describes how to tell if your machine is n-enabled or not.

To my surprise, I found out that when I installed Leopard, my iMac's n-mode was activated automatically! So people with those "borderline" iMacs like mine who never enabled your 802.11n, this is one more reason to upgrade to Leopard -- it will save you the $2 cost of the enabler.
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10.5: Get a free upgrade to 802.11n in 10.5
Authored by: dr9553 on Nov 30, '07 08:03:53AM

I saw the same thing on my Mac Book Pro C2D. But I was getting some slow transfer speeds so i tried installing the N Enabler that came with my extreme and it installed and restarted and my speeds were improved. Granted these speeds could have gone up just from the re-boot but who knows.



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10.5: Get a free upgrade to 802.11n in 10.5
Authored by: Josh43 on Nov 30, '07 09:46:23AM

I actually racked my brain for a little bit, trying to verify if my MBP was going to be compatible before purchasing the N upgrade, (and an N router).


Two things I found out:
1.You can see if N is already enabled in the Network Utility (info tab, wireless in the dropdown, it should show "Wireless Network Adapter (802.11 a/b/g/n)")

2. Leopard's N spec is very, very picky when interacting with anything except the airport extreme (lots of reports of N working in Tiger with linksys, etc routers then Breaking when Leopard is installed, no matter how fresh and updated it is)


Research before you buy an N router to work with the Macbooks



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10.5: Get a free upgrade to 802.11n in 10.5
Authored by: hamz01 on Nov 30, '07 02:59:41PM

I replaced the g-card in my friend's Core Duo MacBook with an n-card from a Mac Pro and, upon startup, the computer recognized it with no software updates or changes necessary.

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Brandon
MacBook Pro 2.4GHz 2GB 256MB 160GB
PowerBook G4 1.67GHz 1GB 64MB 120GB
iBook G4 1.0GHz 768MB 32MB 40GB



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10.5: Get a free upgrade to 802.11n in 10.5
Authored by: chabig on Dec 19, '07 04:34:30PM

FYI...the Apple store wouldn't sell the airport card to me because it's a service part. So I called my local CompUSA today and they had six in stock. The price? $4.48 each! Yes, liquidation sales can be amazing.



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