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Internet, Networking, and Wireless Discussion of networking, internet, and wireless including Apple's Airport products.

Is my Macbook Pro N - Wireless enabled.


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Hi there,

I'm trying to find out if my Macbook Pro 2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo bought in 2006 is N Wireless enabled or just G.

This site:

Apple MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.16 15" Specs (Late 2006 - MA609LL) @ EveryMac.com

tells me that it is. Case closed....however...

The Apple Store checked my serial number and told me that it wasn't N Wireless enabled.

Strange!

Can anyone shed any light. Who should I believe?

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Ok sorry.

I've just found out how to search my Mac to see for myself on the Network Utility. The Apple Store was wrong. But they look so honest.
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Well, both places are sort of technically correct.

Those late 2006 models, had the capability built in but it was not enabled from the factory. We had to pay $1.99 to download and apply the 'n' firmware. Once that's done, it's good to go from then on.

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Hi Bobtomay - interesting. So does that mean I have to download the firmware too. I only know that I have N capability.
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I would think that if your system is indicating 'n' already, then someone has already paid for and applied that firmware to your machine. You should be good to go.

You'll find out though as soon as you set up a 'n' only network. You'll either be able to connect or you won't.

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I believe the 1.99 was for when we had Tiger. When Leopard came out N was enabled by default in the OS. However, I am not 100% sure because I don't know if the patch was a firmware update that physically switched on N within the chipset (which would explain why it was still working when I did a fresh install of Leopard) or whether it was an OS update (which would limit it to only Tiger)
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I believe the 1.99 was for when we had Tiger. When Leopard came out N was enabled by default in the OS. However, I am not 100% sure because I don't know if the patch was a firmware update that physically switched on N within the chipset (which would explain why it was still working when I did a fresh install of Leopard) or whether it was an OS update (which would limit it to only Tiger)
I'm not sure either. Just always "assumed" it was a firmware update since it continued to work when I fresh installed Leopard.

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Hi again. Just to revisit this thread. I'm successfully using an N router but it also handles G. I have no idea if my laptop is connecting to it via N or G. Is there a way of testing it or making sure that it is N configured. It does seem quite slow so I think it might only be using G at the moment.
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Ok I've established that my laptop is not on the N network as I configured my router to only be N and it didn't work. I do have the N capability on my laptop so does anyone know how I activate it?
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Are you running Tiger or Leopard?

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I'm running Leopard Bobtomay.
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How to tell if 802.11n-enabling software is installed

According to this it's available at the Apple Store.
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Hi Travis,

It's definitely installed. But is it ACTIVE? Doesn't seem to be.
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Since I do not have an MBP here to check, If there is any toggle it would be in System Preferences, Network and Airport.

I am going to post this just in case.

AirPort Extreme 802.11n* Enabler for Mac - Apple Store (U.S.)

That is the updater. My understanding is it should work if that updater is installed.

If the Network Utility is showing N then it should be working.
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