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    airport prob
    hi
    i have airport card which specifies a/b/g. i wish to connect to local wifi hotspot which is 'n'. i have found a firmware update on apple site, but it is 'self-launching'. obviously i would have to download it on another machine. is this possible?
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    If your Airport card only supports A/B/G, no firmware update is going to make it connect to a N network. However, the N router can fall-back to A/B/G to allow your Mac to connect to it..
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    And then it will run at the slower speed so just leave things be.
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    does that mean i have to buy a new card to connect to the 'n' network. it's a public network so i don't have any control over what protocol it uses. thanks for your reply

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    No, as I said, the N router will allow devices at the lower A/B/G speeds to connect to it at their supported speed, you shouldn't have to do anything special.

    I wouldn't purchase an upgrade to connect to a public network, if you were worried about your home network speeds that's another thing..

    From what I've been told, having mixed devices on a N network will reduce the overall network speed, so it's wise to try to upgrade all the devices to N as well..
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdrp View Post
    does that mean i have to buy a new card to connect to the 'n' network. it's a public network so i don't have any control over what protocol it uses. thanks for your reply
    Well, you did not specify which Mac you owned - I'm assuming a laptop since you're talking about taking the machine to a commercial 'hotspot' - please provide the specs. Your machine is likely not upgradeable to 802.11 n hardware; thus the reason to know your laptop's specs.

    Now, public hotspots should typically provide a number of wireless networks, such as 802.11 b/g/n (or even 'ac' now) and even dual bands (i.e. 2.4 & 5 GHz) to accommodate customers w/ different aged computers. And as already stated, even if a router is transmitting at only a single protocol, such as 'n', it usually will see the older Wi-Fi protocols and operated at their slower speeds.

    BTW - have you even tried to connect @ the hotspot? If unsuccessful, did you talk w/ one of the owners or employee who helps w/ the network? Dave

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    thanks for reply...it is mac pro 3,1 2.8G 8 core. yes, i have tried to connect to the network; machine doesnt see any networks. i know the network is fine because i can connect to it with my old G4 via a sitecom wireless adapter. i have not managed to make the mac pro recognise the sitecom device either. i wonder whether the adapter still thinks it is using 10.4 as it seems to remember things that i haven't asked it to, like the details of the mac pro's previous owner's home network. frustrating!!

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    I got to ask why you would not be using a wired connection on a Mac Pro?

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    i will try this : there was a problem with the link i posted to 'os x daily persistent problems with wifi'
    Last edited by jdrp; 03-26-2014 at 08:33 AM. Reason: problem with link to os x daily

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