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AirPort Extreme 802.11n Enabler... If you have a Mac with an Intel Core 2 Duo processor (except the 17-inch, 1.83GHz iMac) or a Mac Pro with AirPort Extreme, you can enable it to access an 802.11n wireless network using the AirPort Extreme 802.11n Enabler software.

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.

Important note: The Enabler is included free with the new more...


Mac OS X 10.4 or later

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psychos Member IconComment+285

SOX compliance does not require this to be sold rather than given away for free. It would simply cost Apple more to take care of the accounting.

I told myself that I would refuse to pay for this update or buy an Airport Extreme. Then I read the reviews of other pre-N routers and realized that for anything near the best performance, I'd have to get the Airport Extreme. So I admitted defeat and pre-ordered one.

...but the part that makes me REALLY angry: despite the fact that I have ordered the Airport Extreme, which includes this update for free, I cannot download it before the Airport Extreme ships. (I'd be fine with them charging the full amount on my credit card for the hardware to get around the obvious "we haven't billed you yet" argument, since it's close to shipping.)

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If you can't use the 802.11n features until you get the Airport Extreme, why get angry over the enabler not being available to you ahead of time?


I have friends with non-Apple pre-N gear. It'd be nice to be able to try their networks with my spiffy upgraded pre-N card...

mechamania Member IconComment+35

Perhaps Bush should introduce a "no terminal left behind" tax break that will make 802.11n capability affordable for everyone.

Oh, right, that wouldn't make any sense, either.

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filmdan Member IconComment+0

Yes, it should be free. However, there is some law which Apple is abiding by that requires them to charge "something" for the new capability being added to already sold hardware.

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What "Law"? Apple's "General Accounting Principles"? BS!!! If there is a law then why have they not charged for any 10.X.X update. Or for that matter, security updates and every Airport, iTunes, Quicktime update etc. Apple knew this functionality was built into the machines and we already paid for it when we bought the machine. When the original airport first card came out, did it have WPA encryption? Did they charge for that when they put it in via a software update?

Apple, why don't you just fess up and admit it. "You want this functionality, then pay for it. Stop treating your customers like idiots. Steve's RDF is on overdrive......

How would you like it if your car manufacturer said "You have your low beam headlights when you buy your car but if you want your high beams to work, that's extra".

Guess who's paying for Apple's stock option scandal......

Billy the Biker

I think it is BS also. A buck 98, give me a break!!!!


Start a class action suit. Make some lawyers wealthier than they are presently.

Just kidding. A little levity never hurt, right?



It's called the Sarbannes-Oxley Act. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SARBANNES-OXLEY

If you don't like it -- and few do -- blame the jerks at Enron (one of whom is already dead, which takes the fun out of blaming him) for abusing every conceivable accounting practice so badly that the Federal Gov't had no choice but to close loopholes and lay down clear guidelines for how revenue must be accounted.

Yes, it's no fun for consumers, but Apple's just complying with Federal regulations here. Many other companies have already followed suit, and many more will do so in the future.

Better get used to it.


Loosen the wallet, scrooge. It's only $1.99.

Anonymous Member IconReview

I can't believe they would actual charge for this. This should be a free update since the hardware came with the computer. I understand the cost is not much, but in principal this should not cost the consumer anything.

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Downloads 5,110
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License Commercial
Date 30 Jan 2007
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price $1.99