Enabling 802.11n Without Apple's Enabler

Posted by: JediJoker7169

Enabling 802.11n Without Apple's Enabler - 01/09/07 09:49 PM

Can it be done?  Of course!  I have no idea how, though... There are probably about 1000 terminal commands that could lead to it if entered in the correct order, but there's probably an easier way.  Any ideas or solutions (apps and the like)?

(P.S.: I'll bet $0.00 that Andrew Escobar at AndrewEscobar.com will come out with an enabler.  Any takers?)
Posted by: Waragainstsleep

Re: Enabling 802.11n Without Apple's Enabler - 01/09/07 11:53 PM

If it is a terminal command, it will turn up pretty quickly I expect. The big question is, will anyone produce an n card to go in an old extreme slot? Or PCMCIA. Hopefully one which uses the airport drivers. All other wireless drivers seem to have distinct disadvantages.
Posted by: Anonymous

Re: Enabling 802.11n Without Apple's Enabler - 01/17/07 08:34 PM

lets hope that apple makes a wireless N card... because if they don't my ibook will never be able to benifit from the faster network speeds. Is the wireless N a new type of chip, or would it be possible to flash the airport extream chip to become faster? I doubt it, but who knows... now days almost anything is possible  smile
Posted by: Waragainstsleep

Re: Enabling 802.11n Without Apple's Enabler - 01/18/07 01:17 AM

Looking in a C2D MacBook the other day, the airport card has three antennas on it. Even if one of them is for bluetooth, it still means we probably won't get an N card for the AP extreme slot, since there will not be enough antennae available. I guess its using a wider frequency range or something.
Posted by: JediJoker7169

Re: Enabling 802.11n Without Apple's Enabler - 01/29/07 11:34 AM

Has anyone made any headway on the enabling side of things?
Posted by: oojacoboo

Re: Enabling 802.11n Without Apple's Enabler - 01/29/07 12:10 PM

I haven't bothered looking into it as I don't have a N router and 99% of all wifi connections don't either.  I know its backwards compatible, but there isn't really a need for myself at the moment.  I honestly don't see all the hype, its faster, yes, but I don't think you are really going to tell a difference.
Posted by: Protocol6v

Re: Enabling 802.11n Without Apple's Enabler - 01/29/07 12:31 PM

What does it matter, it's not a standard yet and it's still being developed. New versions of 802.11n come out almost weekly.
Posted by: Waragainstsleep

Re: Enabling 802.11n Without Apple's Enabler - 01/29/07 01:24 PM

It won't make a difference to wireless internet, its wired networks that benefit. In theory 802.11n is a fair bit faster than 10/100 802.11. Fast enough to stream high qaulity video around your houde. And alot of small/medium business networks have a gigabit ethernet backbone, often the clients only end up with only 10/100 connections. Large gigabit switches are still pricey. And you don't have to pay anyone to lay cables.
Posted by: JediJoker7169

Re: Enabling 802.11n Without Apple's Enabler - 01/30/07 07:30 PM

Now Apple has released their enabler as a stand alone purchase at the online Apple Store for $2.00, but why pay $2.00 for something that can probably be done for free?  I encourage those with interest and knowledge to continue to look into it.
Posted by: oojacoboo

Re: Enabling 802.11n Without Apple's Enabler - 01/30/07 07:52 PM

its not really worth the time, just pay 2 bucks if its really needed.  As mentioned in the thread, the only difference you are going to see if with large file transfers over your LAN.
Posted by: krusher117

Re: Enabling 802.11n Without Apple's Enabler - 01/30/07 09:47 PM

i give it till the end of the week to be hacked
Posted by: TCPMeta

Re: Enabling 802.11n Without Apple's Enabler - 11/06/07 04:38 AM

Pay the 2 bucks then find out what it does and release the secret to everyone.
Posted by: Waragainstsleep

Re: Enabling 802.11n Without Apple's Enabler - 11/06/07 11:30 AM

$2 hardly seems worthwhile. Is it needed on Leopard? I would have thought the drivers were included.......
Posted by: whitlock

Re: Enabling 802.11n Without Apple's Enabler - 11/06/07 02:02 PM

Once it's on, it's on...so I'd safely assume it's not necessary with Leopard.  When I was running Ubuntu, I was able to connect w/ N hardware after I ran the enabler.  When I reinstalled Tiger after that, I didn't have to run the enabler again. 

There's my 2 bucks