Apple Charging $1.99 Fee to Enable 802.11n Functionality For Some Routers

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Date: Friday, January 19th, 2007, 09:16
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An article over on Macworld News points out how due to accounting rules, Apple will charge users who’d like to download enabler software to take advantage of the 802.11n wireless protocol.
During last week’s Macworld Expo, Apple quietly introduced a new 802.11n-based AirPort Extreme wireless router, which included an application that enables most Intel Core 2 Duo and Intel Xeon-equipped Macs to take advantage of the networking standard. The protocol offers speeds up to five times faster than the 802.11g standard and twice the range to operate in.
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airport80211n.jpg

An article over on Macworld News points out how due to accounting rules, Apple will charge users who’d like to download enabler software to take advantage of the 802.11n wireless protocol.
During last week’s Macworld Expo, Apple quietly introduced a new 802.11n-based AirPort Extreme wireless router, which included an application that enables most Intel Core 2 Duo and Intel Xeon-equipped Macs to take advantage of the networking standard. The protocol offers speeds up to five times faster than the 802.11g standard and twice the range to operate in.
Although the enabler software ships free with the new AirPort Base Station, Mac users with 802.11n-capable routers by other manufacturers who’d like to use this feature can download the software from Apple for $1.99 in order to comply with the generally accepted accounting principles for revenue recognition, which “generally require that we charge for significant feature enhancements, such as 802.11n, when added to previously purchased products,” stated Teresa Brewer, Apple’s Mac hardware public relations manager.
Brewer also mentioned that Apple will eventually include the 802.11n enabler on appropriate Macs.
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