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    New Macbook and G Routers?
    Is the new macbook with its N wireless still compatible with the older a/b/g routers?

    How do they work, for instance, with the Lynksys WRT54GL, which is the best selling router at newegg.com.

    I'd like to save a bit of money and avoid the N routers until the new spec is finalized, as CNet warns to stay away from those for now. But I do need a router for 2 months this summer while I am home on vacation.

    Thanks for all your help.

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    As far as I know, they are compatible with all a/b/g routers. I haven't had personal experience with an older router but this is what I have heard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quest View Post
    Is the new macbook with its N wireless still compatible with the older a/b/g routers?

    How do they work, for instance, with the Lynksys WRT54GL, which is the best selling router at newegg.com.
    Now I don't know much about N wireless, but I just bought a new router for home after my 2-year-olds creative touch destroyed the old router and the WAP(please don't ask). I bought the Linksys WRT54G wireless router and had my MacBook, my wife's iBook, a Windows computer, and a Suse 10 Linux box all up and running on the internet within minutes.

    Works very smoothly.

    From what I saw at the stores yesterday when I bought the router, the N wireless equipment *should* be backwards compatible to a/b/g. But don't quote me on that. I have zero N wireless units in the apartment, so I saved my money and bought the Linksys. True, it doesn't have the fancy whistles and bells, but it works. And that is what counts in the end.

    Hope that helps.

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    Don't forget the last generation (Pre june 2007 C2D's) had the N built in also. You just have to find someplace to download it or pay apple $2 to enable it. I have mine "N enabled" to futureproof it. I only have a g router right now and it works fine. Later this year I might upgrade to an N router.

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