Core 2 Duo Macs Equipped with 802.11n Wi-Fi Cards

After setting up Windows Vista on his brand-new 20-inch Core 2 Duo iMac, a user by the name of Peace, who shared his experience on Mac Rumors, discovered that the operating system recognized the iMac’s wireless card as a Broadcom 802.11n Network Adapter. For more insights, you can visit Wikipedia’s entry on 802.11n, which explains that this technology is the forthcoming standard in wireless communication, boasting a potential range of up to a quarter mile and speeds that are significantly faster than previous iterations—up to fifty times faster than 802.11b and ten times faster than 802.11a/g.

Assuming these findings are accurate and not a misreport by Windows (which wouldn’t be a first), this suggests a strategic direction for Apple.

The 802.11n protocol still has some hurdles to clear before it becomes a formal standard. Moreover, this revelation adds more credibility to the speculation that Apple’s future iTV will incorporate 802.11n to facilitate high-definition streaming.

Notably, during its unveiling, the iTV was mentioned to support “802.11” technology, though no specific version was specified.

That’s the update for now. We will continue to monitor the situation closely, particularly through further teardowns of iMac and Mac Pro models to verify these claims.

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