Apple enables 802.11n on newer Macs

Apple on Tuesday quietly revealed a new AirPort Extreme base station that supports a draft specification of IEEE 802.11n, a faster wireless networking standard that works up to five times faster than 802.11g and at up to twice the range. That new device ships in February, and will include enabling software to turn on 802.11n support in certain Mac models that are shipping now.

On a Web page that Apple has posted explaining 802.11n, the company has included a sidebar that reads, “Does my Mac support 802.11n?”

Apple explains that certain Macs which are shipping now are capable of supporting the 802.11n draft standard, using enabling software included with the new AirPort Extreme Base Station.

Those systems include:

  • iMac with Intel Core 2 Duo processors (excluding the 17-inch, 1.83GHz iMac)
  • MacBook with Intel Core 2 Duo
  • MacBook Pro with Intel Core 2 Duo
  • Mac Pro with AirPort Extreme card option
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