802.11n Enabler Patch for Intel Macs


(Posted this earlier, but it double posted. I removed what I thought was one of them, and then found both gone. Here’s the post again, hopefully in singular.)

If you’re sporting a Core 2 Duo Macintosh, you’re probably in luck if you want to use the 802.11n wireless speeds. Apparently Apple’s been shipping systems with the capability turned-off and buried. Purchasing the updated AirPort Extreme base station gets you 802.11n capabilities, but only if you have the appropriate card in your machine to receive the benefits of that signal. Along with purchasing that base station (for $179) you’ll get the enabler patch if your Intel Core 2 Duo Mac supports it.

But if you don’t opt for the Apple AirPort Extreme, and would rather go for a Linksys, or other brand router for 802.11n speeds, you’ll have to pay an Apple tax of $4.99 for the enabler patch for your Intel Mac. The reasons are essential legal and accounting based. So it’s not really a case of Apple sticking it to their customers, but rather them covering their cores to avoid accounting issues and unwelcome government attention down the road.

So if you want to save yourself a bunch of money and get a non Apple base station with 802.11n, make sure you set about $5 of that savings aside to enable your Mac to play nicely with whichever unit you buy.



“Is there a 802.11n Airport, or USB card that will work for a PPC? I have a PowerBook G4 1.33 Ghz and would like to use this new standard.”

you can check this:

nMax Wireless 802.11n Draft 2.0 USB Adapter


Is there a 802.11n Airport, or USB card that will work for a PPC? I have a PowerBook G4 1.33 Ghz and would like to use this new standard.


I got a 15′ MacBook Pro Core 2 and an Airport Express. I’m sure everyone knows by now the issues faced here – the connection speed, if you could even get one, is slower than a dying snail on dope. No one knows what’s wrong exactly as certain fixes does the job for some and not for others. Some blame it on incompatibility issues with the Intel chip. Some blame it on the WEP security. I dunno…

I noticed this fix seems to be for the Airport Extreme. Is this enabler going to work for the Airport Express? I’m frankly sick and tired of having paid so much for so little. This $1.99 or $4.99, I’m willing to pay just to get this damn problem over and done with.


Todd Baur

Apple could issue coupons or mail in rebates to make this free to customers. They would still account for the revenue in this case and offer a promotional opportunity as well, win-win. I’m betting they will discuss this in the 2p FY 07 Q1 meeting today.


Jesus. If you care that much about five bucks, what are you doing buying a MacBook Pro to begin with? Ooh, yeah, Apple’s really sticking it to you. They’re getting an extra 4.95 on a twenty-five-hundred-dollar machine. I think I’ll sink my retirement fund into Apple stock so I can capitalize on this massive financial windfall.

You want something to get up in arms about, show me that Apple is lying about this being a bookkeeping necessity. Otherwise, it seems pretty reasonable to me.


I know most Mac users are going to do the right thing. But why not just pirate the enabler software? (iMac Core Duo here, so it’s no benefit to me :( )

Nick Santilli

Brian –
I’d assume you – like me with my CD MacBook – are outta luck. But at least you’ve got a slot on yours, which I would bet will be able to accept a 802.11n card at some point in the not so distant future…

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