March 5, 2007
Well, hot on the heels of the upgrade instructions (and the warning from Apple), QuickerTek, the put-a-handle-on-your-macbook people, have an 802.11n Upgrade Kit for “modern MacBooks and iMacs”.
The kit runs $150 for do-it-yourselfers, or $200 plus an unspecified shipping fee to ship your precious ‘book to them and let them do it for you.
Since Apple has already gone on the record as saying that doing this at home will violate your warranty, I think I’ll wait until we hear an official position about sending it off to have it done before I give it a shot.
For their part, QuickerTek offers a 1 year warranty on the new hardware, and their page doesn’t say anything one way or another about the Apple warranty (and/or an AppleCare subscription).
February 24, 2007
There’s been a lot of great press about the new Airport Extreme, which is dandy unless you’re like me, and bought a Core Duo MacBook Pro, before the newer Core 2 Duo models that already have the 802.11n hardware on board came out.
Early reports were that there would be no way to upgrade the Core Duo laptops, since 802.11n requires three antennas, and the Core Duos only have the 802.11g complement of two antennas built in.
Which leaves those of us early-Intel Mac adopters with a choice of external USB adapters, or an Expresscard adapter. Blech. Plus, so far I haven’t seen one of either that mentioned OS X drivers.
Which doesn’t mean we couldn’t use one of the new Airport Extremes, but if you’re going to drop nearly 2 Benjamins on a pre-N router, you don’t want to be stuck with (the much slower) 802.11g.
Well, good news.