updated 01:25 pm EST, Tue January 30, 2007
802.11n enabler for $1.99
Apple on Tuesday morning also released its AirPort Extreme 802.11n Enabler for Mac, which will allow some Macs to use the faster 802.11n WiFi standard. The new software enabler, which allows some previously sold Macs to use the new faster wireless networking standard, is available from the Apple Store for $1.99, despite controversy surrounding the company's decision to charge for the software patch. It works with all Macs with the Intel Core 2 Duo processor (except the 17-inch, 1.83GHz iMac) or a Mac Pro with AirPort Extreme: "Many Mac computers with an Intel Core 2 Duo and all Mac Pro computers with AirPort Extreme can be enabled to access 802.11n-based wireless networks. If you purchased one of these Macs, you can use the AirPort Extreme 802.11n Enabler software to activate this advanced wireless capability."
Apple recommends that users check for existing 802.11n functionality and compatibility before purchasing the enabler, as the company said that the software is already included with the new AirPort Extreme Base Station with 802.11n. Instructions direct users to check their setup (see below), while the company notes that only specific Intel-based Mac hardware is compatible.
The software is available at the Apple Store online.