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Apple M8881LL/A AirPort Extreme Card
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- Exchange files or play multiplayer games at data transfer rates of up to 54 Mbps
- Compatible with the industry-standard 802.11b wireless networking protocol
- Range of up to 50 feet at 54 Mbps and up to 150 feet at 11 Mbps
- Join any of the thousands of Wi-Fi certified 802.11b wireless "hot spots" that are currently running in coffeehouses, bookstores, and airports
- 128-bit WEP encryption for secure connections
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APPLE AirPort Extreme - AirPort is the wireless networking technology that gets you on the Internet from practically anywhere - without cables, additional phone lines, or complex networking hardware. With AirPort Extreme enabled Macintosh systems, it's a snap to exchange files or play multiplayer games, using cutting edge 802.11g wireless technology, at up to 54 megabits per second! Because AirPort Extreme uses radio waves for communication, it even works through walls!
From the Manufacturer
Apple's AirPort Extreme wireless networking products lets you surf the Internet from almost anywhere in your home or business, and enables schools to provide Internet access to multiple students without installing expensive cabling.*
ince AirPort Extreme is based on a new wireless technology called 802.11g, it's a snap to exchange files or play multiplayer games at data rates up to 54 megabits per second (Mbps).** The AirPort Extreme Card allows your AirPort Extreme-enabled Mac to communicate with local AirPort Extreme networks or other Wi-Fi certified 802.11b or 802.11g networks, including earlier versions of Apple's AirPort Base Station. AirPort Extreme-enabled computers that join an AirPort or other 802.11b wireless network can achieve data rates up to 11 Mbps--the maximum allowed by 802.11b. For higher data rates, you need both the AirPort Extreme Card installed in an AirPort Extreme-ready computer and an AirPort Extreme Base Station. AirPort Extreme provides a range up to 50 feet at 54 Mbps and up to 150 feet at 11 Mbps for AirPort Extreme-enabled computers.
Every AirPort Extreme-enabled Mac has antennas built in and optimally placed, much like a mobile phone, to provide the best possible wireless performance. And because AirPort Extreme uses radio waves for communication, it can even work through walls.
With an AirPort Extreme-enabled PowerBook G4, you're ready to start enjoying the benefits of wireless networking--not just at home, but also at cafes, hotels, airports, and other businesses and public buildings around the world that have implemented 802.11b "hot spots." ***
To get the full speed benefits of the 802.11g-based AirPort Extreme Card in your Apple computer, you'll want to use it with an AirPort Extreme Base Station. But since the AirPort Extreme Card is compatible with 802.11b, you can use any AirPort Base Station or other Wi-Fi certified 802.11b access point without any hassles; you don't need to change any hardware or software settings. Everything is automatic.
To create your own wireless network in your home or business, just add an AirPort Extreme Base Station. This will allow you to communicate between AirPort-enabled computers, AirPort Extreme-enabled computers, Windows PCs with Wi-Fi certified 802.11b cards, and the AirPort Extreme Base Station and share access to the Internet, without wires.
- The AirPort Extreme Card can be installed only in computers that are AirPort Extreme ready. AirPort Extreme Cards cannot be used in AirPort-ready computers with an AirPort Card slot.
- Requires Mac OS X 10.2.7 or later and AirPort Admin Utility software version 3.1.1 or later to administer an AirPort Extreme Base Station.
- Wireless printing over USB requires Mac OS X v10.2.7 or later.
* Wireless Internet access requires a wireless-enabled computer, a base station or other access point, and Internet access (fees may apply). Some ISPs are not currently compatible with AirPort and AirPort Extreme.
**Achieving data rates up to 54 Mbps requires that all users have an AirPort Extreme-ready computer with an AirPort Extreme Card installed or a Wi-Fi Certified 802.11g Windows computer and are communicating with an AirPort Extreme Base Station. If a user with an AirPort-enabled computer or other Wi-Fi certified 802.11b product joins an AirPort Extreme wireless network, that user will get up to 11 Mbps and AirPort Extreme users on the same wireless network will get less than 54 Mbps. AirPort Extreme-enabled computers that connect to an AirPort or other Wi-Fi certified 802.11b network will achieve data rates up to 11 Mbps, the maximum allowed by an 802.11b wireless network. Actual speed will vary based on range, connection rate, site conditions, size of network, and other factors.
*** Fees may apply for hot spot access.
Top customer reviews
It's no harder than sticking a game cartridge into your old Super Nintendo. Put the card in right-side-up so the round antenna plug is on the left. The antenna is already in the tower - it's one of the two black wires (the one with the metal plug) clamped up to the right of where the AirPort Card sticks in. (In the video, the wire is dangling on the left, but you won't get confused. It's not like there are a bunch of black wires everywhere!)
When you turn on your computer and open your Network Preferences it'll recognize it, prompt you to apply the change, and ask for your wireless network & password. Done! - WiFi connect.
While I find the AirPort Extreme Card top-rated for use, installation and reliability, I downgrade it for setup.
I found nothing wrong in the technical set-up of the card itself, my downgrade is more of a concern with Apple's business approach that complicated my system integration. Specific beefs:
1. My search of Apple's usually helpful support site identified the fact that Airport base station (which I purchased several months before without enough research--shame on me) will not play nice to extend 3d party routers such as the AT&T-supplied 2Wire in my new house. That's annoying! It's a network product that is supposed to help (not hinder!) connection of my local computing environment to physically distant environments. This complication lost stars for Apple.
2. Searching the Apple store comes up with nothing to explain that Apple doesn't sell the M8881LL/A any more. This lost a star for Apple. GM went bankrupt but you can get parts for their products from their affiliated dealership parts departments! Parts inventories are expensive but I think Apple should sell the M8881LL/A in its own store and not allow information on this part to become difficult to locate. This additional complication detracted from my ease of integration into my home's pre-installed Wifi network infrastructure.
3. I suggest Apple provide a video on its support site of the actual physical installation process for the M8881LL/A in legacy products. If Apple makes the decision to design compatibility for an older product, it should help the customer help himself. Not everyone has the $$$ or easy physical access to an Apple service store and Genius Bar.
In the past, Apple has earned premium prices for its products due to ease of use through superior design. In my complicated experience attempting to upgrade my legacy G4 desktop, Apple tarnished its brand.