QuickerTek on Monday announced the availability of an IEEE 802.11n wireless networking upgrade kit for Apple’s Mac mini. The $180 kit enables Intel-based Mac minis to work at the faster wireless networking speeds allowed by Apple’s new AirPort Extreme Base Station and other devices that employ the draft networking specification.
When Apple introduced the redesigned AirPort Extreme Base Station in January, the company claimed that networks supporting the 802.11n specification can experience twice the range and up to five times the speed of 802.11g. Unfortunately, only a few Mac models are capable of supporting it out of the box — the Mac mini is not on the list.
The card offered by QuickerTek occupies the same slot as the factory card provided by Apple for the Mac mini. It’s backwards-compatible with 802.11b and 802.11g standards, and also includes an antenna — instructions for installation are included, along with the tools you need.
System requirements call for an Intel-based Mac mini and Mac OS X v10.4.8.