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    Mac 17" Power Book Router

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    Question Mac 17" Power Book Router
    Hi,

    I am looking to see what router type I should purchase for usage that compatible with my 2011 17" PB and 2012 13" PB.

    I am not sure where the requirements are listed?

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    Mac 17" Power Book Router
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    First let me mention that you have a 17" MacBook Pro and a 13" MacBook Pro. Apple stopped making Powerbooks around 2005/2006.

    As far as the router. Almost any router is compatible with your computers...so just pick one that you like (maybe based on price, easy setup, etc.).

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    Mac 17" Power Book Router

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    First let me mention that you have a 17" MacBook Pro and a 13" MacBook Pro. Apple stopped making Powerbooks around 2005/2006.

    As far as the router. Almost any router is compatible with your computers...so just pick one that you like (maybe based on price, easy setup, etc.).

    Welcome to Mac-Forums!

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    Sorry Nick - it's a 17" MacBook Pro (2.66 GHz Intel Core i7). I think I purchased this in 2011 and the 13" MacBook Pro in December 2012.

    I was looking at the new range of routers - Linksys AC1600 Wi-Fi Dual-Band Wireless Router, however, wasn't sure if this would work or would be of benefit?

    Thanks for the welcome.

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    Mac 17" Power Book Router
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    Yes it would work. Personally left Linksys to move to a TP-LINK W8980 Dual Band. Found it a tad faster and much more reliable.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    Mac 17" Power Book Router

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    How about those new AC group routers? Is that a waste or can my Macs take advantage of them?

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    Mac 17" Power Book Router

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackflash View Post
    How about those new AC group routers? Is that a waste or can my Macs take advantage of them?
    You need a new network adapter for your computers to take advantage of the wireless AC spec. I don't think either of your computers has wireless 802.11ac built. You're most likely running 802.11n.

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    Mac 17" Power Book Router

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    Quote Originally Posted by andreasj64 View Post
    You need a new network adapter for your computers to take advantage of the wireless AC spec. I don't think either of your computers has wireless 802.11ac built. You're most likely running 802.11n.
    Got it. Thanks

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    Mac 17" Power Book Router
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    Further whilst ac routers are backwards compatible with 802.11n you would be paying a higher price and still be onby able to access the n speed. Put the extra into a new hard drive. Pop the original drive in an external caddy and use for backups.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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