Hard Mac has put an 802.11n Mac Pro card in a Core Duo MacBook. The task involves removing several screws and the keyboard from you MacBook but it does work. Its amazing that the MacPro and the MacBooks are using if not the same, then extremely similar Airport cards.
I’m actually considering this because I am in the market for a new Router and the Airport Extreme looks very appealing to me, but I don’t have 802.11n in my notebook now I can hack myself 802.11n and get the greater throughput of N.
If you have a Core 2 Duo mac and don’t plan on buying the Airport Extreme and you want the 802.11n capability you can now purchase it in the store for $1.99 however it’s a little tough to get to but I decided to make it a little easier for you by letting you click this link.
This is the new IEEE draft for 802.11n this one, if excepted would be what we all wanted because it would allow interoperatability between draft 1.0 and this new one with some minor firmware upgrades. The only problem I have seen with the whole draft-n pre-n stuff is that even if you can achieve interoperatability between the old versions n and the new ones is most people don’t upgrade the firmware on their routers. I don’t know anyone who would actually seek out a new firmware version and install it. If the router works for them, they aren’t going to worry about it.
Voting for this draft will end in March, but after draft 2.0 we still have to go through a third draft. If everything runs smoothly that draft will be set in May then the finilized verison of 802.11n will come in 2008. Well that stinks doesn’t it. Especially since people need 802.11n now with all of the media coming to the living room. Although if you were smart you would just run eathernet throughout your whole house instead, wireless is just to unpredictable.