QuickerTek Releases Wireless nCard for Older MacBooks, Mac Minis

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Date: Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010, 06:31
Category: Accessory, MacBook, MacBook Pro, wireless


It’s not quite as cool as whatever the iPad will become, but it’s useful stuff.

The cool cats at QuickerTek have released a new wireless nCard accessory for older MacBook notebooks and the Mac mini. The nCard extends Wi-Fi compatibility on the A, B, G and N standard and installs in the internal Airport card slot, with similar complexity to installing RAM chips. Per MacNN, the components are claimed to offer higher signal sensitivity and transmission power for potentially faster speeds and a wider reception area. Reception can also be further improved with an optional external antenna.

The nCard is compatible with 2006 through 2009 Mac minis but not the G4-based Minis, however and the 2006 through 2009 black and white plastic MacBook notebooks. The nCard also works in the 2006 through 2008 MacBook Pros in both the 15″ and 17″ inch models, excluding the unibody models.

The nCard is now shipping and is available for US$90.

United Airlines Begins Wi-Fi Rollout

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Date: Friday, October 9th, 2009, 06:02
Category: News, wireless


United Airlines this week began deploying Wi-Fi on some of its flights. Per the Chicago Tribune, the rollout will at first cover longer flights between California and New York and should have 13 Boeing 757 planes in United’s fleet offering Internet access by mid-November. Like similar approaches from Virgin and other airlines, the new approach is based on Aircell’s Gogo technology and shares a 3G cellular connection (typically EVDO Revision A) with the entire cabin over a Wi-Fi hotspot in the plane itself.

All the proposed flights so far will be long-haul trips and so will use the higher end of Gogo’s existing pricing plans. Those with notebooks or netbooks will pay US$13 for access during the entire flight, while owners of iPhones and other handhelds/smartphones pay US$8 for the same period. Voice over IP remains off-limits as a consideration for other passengers.

Echoing the strategies of Delta and US Airways, United so far is using the service in trial form and will wait for feedback before it decides to bring Wi-Fi to all of its flights.

Apple Releases AirPort Client Update 1.0

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Date: Wednesday, August 12th, 2009, 10:12
Category: Software, wireless


On Wednesday, Apple released its AirPort Client Update 1.0 patch, a fix recommended for some Intel-based Macintosh computers running Mac OS X v10.5.8 that addresses an issue with AirPort performance while running on battery power.

The update, a 1.7 megabyte download, is intended for the following Apple notebooks:
- MacBook (13-inch, Late 2007)
- MacBook (13-inch, Early 2008)
- MacBook (13-inch, Late 2008)
- MacBook Pro (15-inch, Early 2008)
- MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2008)
- MacBook Pro (17-inch, Late 2008)

The update requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later to install and run.

If you’ve snagged the update and have any feedback about it, let us know!

Apple Releases Time Capsule & AirPort Base Station 7.4.2 Firmware Update

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Date: Wednesday, June 24th, 2009, 04:52
Category: Software, wireless


Late Tuesday night, Apple leased version 7.4.2 of its firmware for its 802.11n-based AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule routers. The revised firmware, which can be downloaded here or the update application within the AirPort Utility program, makes the following fixes and changes:

  • Fixes some problems with extending and maintaining connectivity with extended networks.
  • Fixes an issue with clients that enable 802.11 “Power Save.
  • Fixes connectivity issues with some third-party devices.
  • Fixes an issue when the base station is configured for PPPoE.
  • Fixes some Back To My Mac issues with connectivity and support for third-party routers.
  • It is recommended that AirPort Utility 5.4.2 or later be installed before upgrading to Firmware version 7.4.2.

The update requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run.

Apple Releases Time Capsule & AirPort Extreme 7.4.1 Firmware Update

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Date: Friday, March 6th, 2009, 08:37
Category: wireless

Late Thursday night, Apple leased version 7.4.1 of its firmware for its 802.11n-based AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule routers. The revised firmware, which can be downloaded either via Mac OS X’s built-in Software Update application or the update application within the AirPort Utility program makes the following fixes and changes:

  • Resolves an issue in which a client computer may be disconnected when waking from sleep.
  • Addresses an issue in which redirecting SMTP port services may disable IP-layer networking.
  • Improves the reliability of Back to My Mac-based disk sharing.
  • Includes recent AirPort security updates.
  • For AirPort Extreme with 802.11n (Fast Ethernet), AirPort Extreme with 802.11n (Gigabit Ethernet), AirPort Express with 802.11n, and original Time Capsule models, the firmware 7.4.1 update:

  • Enables remote administration and remote access to compatible USB connected drives via Back to My Mac (except on AirPort Express).
  • Improves reliability when backing up to a Time Capsule via Time Machine.
  • Includes recent AirPort security updates.
  • The update requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run.
    If you’ve tried the updates and noticed any major changes, let us know in the comments or forums.


    Apple Releases Airport Software Updates

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    Date: Wednesday, March 4th, 2009, 02:10
    Category: Software, wireless

    Along with the bevy of hardware updates Apple released this Tuesday, they also released some new software. Apple AirPort Utility 5.4.1 and Airport Client Update 2009-001 were released to complement the new Airport Extreme and Time Capsule.
    According to Apple’s site regarding the Client Update, “It addresses issues with roaming and network selection in dual-band environments“. Dual band wireless was one of the new features added to the announced hardware.
    Little was explained on the site regarding what was new about the updated Airport Utility, but sources say an internal Apple site mentions the following,
    Existing AirPort Extreme (MA073 and MB053) and Time Capsule (MB276 and MB277) customers can access their AirPort Disk / Time Capsule disk through Mobile Me over the Internet by upgrading to AirPort Utility 5.4.1 and AirPort firmware 7.4.1“.
    So it seems owners of the older Airport Extreme and Time Capsule units can also benefit from the new internet disk-sharing feature as well. However, a MobileMe subscription is required to utilize this feature.


    Sierra Introduces Wireless USB Modem Lineup

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    Date: Wednesday, August 29th, 2007, 10:35
    Category: wireless

    On Wednesday, Sierra Wireless introduced its new AirCard 880U and 881U model USB modems.
    According the Macworld News, the new modems are designed around the High Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA) protocol and can function at a theoretical upload speed of two megabits per second and can download at 7.2 megabits per second. The units are also compatible with the HSPDA, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS and GSM networks.
    Where regional access is concerned, the 880U is optimized for use in Europe and Asia while the 881U is optimized for use in North America. Both models feature their own internal batteries to ensure sufficient power in peak or fringe area transmission requirements. The units also feature power control, a patent-pending antenna that Sierra Wireless claims boosts data performance and an architecture geared towards data traffic management.
    Final pricing for the USB modems has yet to be announced and may be set by the cell service carries that resell the units to their customers.
    If you have any thoughts on this or a favorite USB modem of your own, let us know in the comments or forums.


    Waav Introduces AirBox Units as iPhone Compliment

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    Date: Friday, August 17th, 2007, 07:10
    Category: wireless

    On Thursday, Waav, a mobile technology provider, announced that it’s been selling its AirBox units to iPhone owners as a means of providing in-car Wi-Fi access to the Internet while on the road.
    The AirBox, which retails for US$499.99 and US$1,099.99, provides a bounce point for wireless Internet access as well as faster data speeds than AT&T’s EDGE network as well as other services for when a call is in place on an iPhone.
    A bit on the pricey side, but if in-car wireless access is proving crucial, this might be the best thing out there.
    If you have thoughts or feedback, let us know in the forums.


    Apple Stealth-Releases Gigabit-Equipped AirPort Extreme Base Station

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    Date: Wednesday, August 8th, 2007, 13:42
    Category: wireless

    Between the quiet Mac Mini updates and this, Apple qualified for its stealth ninja merit badge yesterday. Amid the updates, the company also released a new AirPort Extreme Base Station now featuring gigabit Ethernet ports onboard.
    According to Macworld News, the revised wireless router still functions on the 802.11b, g and n protocols and features a USB port as well as three switched gigabit Ethernet ports. The unit remains priced at US$179.99 and is available immediately.
    As always, let us know what you think via the comments of forums.


    Apple Releases AirPort Base Station Update

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    Date: Thursday, March 29th, 2007, 17:59
    Category: wireless

    On Thursday, Apple released AirPort Base Station Update – 2007-001, the first software update to its AirPort wireless router stations of 2007. The update, a 12.7 megabyte download, provides general fixes and compatibility updates for the AirPort Utility, AirPort Admin Utility (for graphite and snow base stations), AirPort Disk Utility and AirPort Disk Agent programs.
    The update requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later and AirPort Utility 5.0 to run.
    If you’ve tried the update and had a positive or negative experience with it, let us know.