updated 01:25 am EST, Thu November 17, 2005
QuickerTek networking kit
QuickerTek has extended its long distance wireless network products for Apple's desktops. Designed for Power Mac users without built-in AirPort, the includes the Buffalo 54g PCI Card and the QuickerTek 27dBm Transceiver for maximum wireless performance. The QuickerTek tranceiver operates like a "super antenna," pulling in signals that are up to a mile away as well as providing full speed connections, according to the company. The Buffalo PCI Card provides the means to connect the Transceiver to PCI Power Macs without AirPort, while the transceiver can be powered from the USB port or the AC power adapter supplied in the kit. The QuickerTek Transceiver is shipped with a 2dBi omni-directional antenna. The bundle is available for $240, a savings of $40.
The QuickerTek Transceiver requires no software to operate and produces 500milliwatts of RF transmitter power amplifying the incoming WiFi signal and sending it to the Buffalo card.
"Users greater signal strength for both sides of the WiFi signal thus increasing speed and range. The Buffalo card offers 802.11g speed, reliability, and Mac 9 and Mac OS X compatibility with all the Apple software. We have tested some third-party wireless interface cards that don't work with common Mac apps (iTunes for example). Any Apple Power Mac with a PCI slot can use the Bufffalo PCI card."