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BearExtender Turbo equips older Macs with 802.11ac WiFi


BearExtender today announced the availability of the BearExtender Turbo (US$79.97, special launch pricing on Amazon of $69.97), which is a high-speed USB WiFi adapter for Mac that operates at up to 867 Mbps on the 5 Ghz 802.11ac band. While only 2013 model MacBook Airs, MacBook Pros and iMacs come with built-in 802.11ac support, the BearExtender Turbo makes it possible to give older Macs a way to take advantage of 802.11ac routers like the 2013 AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule.

The BearExtender Turbo plugs into a USB 3.0 or 2.0 port, and can work with Macs running OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard through 10.9 Mavericks. Roland Saekow of BearExtender noted that "BearExtender Turbo nearly triples the bandwidth available to earlier 802.11n equipped Macs, and doubles the speed for 2012 Mac models with 450 Mbps 802.11n." TUAW readers are reminded that their internet speeds and bandwidth may be limited by their internet service provider and not by their WiFi network.

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