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Default Wireless "N" for Mini9 - 05-21-2009, 02:18 PM

Is it possible to upgrade the wifi card in the Mini9 to "N"?

I would love a little more speed/range and my macbooks on N fly compared to the Mini.

If there is compatabile h/w out there can someone point me in the right direction?
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Default 05-21-2009, 04:43 PM

Yesterday I read in another thread that the Apple Airport Extreme 802.11n PCI-E Card 802.11n should work fine.
It is available on ebay for 16 USD incl. shipping. I placed an order yesterday and expect it to arrive within two weeks. Will report whether it works.
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Default 05-21-2009, 05:36 PM

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Yesterday I read in another thread that the Apple Airport Extreme 802.11n PCI-E Card 802.11n should work fine.
It is available on ebay for 16 USD incl. shipping. I placed an order yesterday and expect it to arrive within two weeks. Will report whether it works.
http://www.mydellmini.com/forum/dell...html#post62333

Been reported that although it works, Airport Extreme does run hot. Dell Wireless 1505 draft-N WLAN is also OSX compatible but runs cooler...


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Default 05-21-2009, 11:05 PM

I'm running the airport n card and can say for sure that it does run hot. Happy with the added speed and I can manage with the added warmth for now. >____<
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Default 05-22-2009, 11:35 AM

The heat reported on the Apple card isn't acceptable imho.

I'm going to get a 1505 card and try that out. Will report back.
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Default 05-22-2009, 04:42 PM

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The heat reported on the Apple card isn't acceptable imho.

I'm going to get a 1505 card and try that out. Will report back.
I have a 1505 and though Win7 and OSX see the card, the card fails to connect to my network. I believe the card to be faulty and/or my Wireless N router does not like it (no problems with the stock A/B/G card). So, just warning you ... it should work ... but might not ... :-/


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Default 05-22-2009, 05:05 PM

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I have a 1505 and though Win7 and OSX see the card, the card fails to connect to my network. I believe the card to be faulty and/or my Wireless N router does not like it (no problems with the stock A/B/G card). So, just warning you ... it should work ... but might not ... :-/

Broadcom 943xx Driver v5.10.79.5 - nVision

Are you running latest Broadcom driver?


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Default 05-23-2009, 01:29 AM

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Broadcom 943xx Driver v5.10.79.5 - nVision

Are you running latest Broadcom driver?
Yep, now I am - thanks for that link. BUT, it still doesn't connect.

EDIT: Got it working now. It was not a hardware issue. My router had MAC address filtering "on" and refused the connection. Other "new" cards were accepted but this one wasn't. Whatever ... now the 1505 works BUT it is slightly hotter than the stock a/b/g card and my GEEKBENCH rating has gone down ... BUT ... my internet browsing does seem faster.


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Default 05-23-2009, 02:48 AM

I have the apple airport extreme in my machine. The only time it seems to run real hot ( as with the rest of the machine ) is when the machine is on AC power. On battery it really doesn't seem to be any different than my other mini 9 with the stock wireless card.


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Default 05-23-2009, 03:55 AM

will draft-n be able to connect to an airport extreme 802.11n? is the draft version slower in any way? can it be upgraded to full "n"?
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