SAN FRANCISCO, CA — BearExtender is showing their BearExtender Turbo 802.11ac device at this week’s Macworld/iWorld Conference. The Mac Observer was given an overview of the major features of this new device.
As many know, 802.11ac is the latest wireless standard and, in theory, can reach speeds up to 867 Mbps, whereas older standards, such as 802.11n, can reach 450 Mbps, and 802.11g, 54 Mbps. The BearExtender turbo supports connecting to bases with the aforementioned standards, as well as 802.11b.
BearExtender Turbo operates in both the 2.4 and 5 GHz band, and the Mac software is compatible with OS X 10.6 through OS X 10.9, and is of course Mavericks-ready. The device achieves maximum performance when connected to an 802.11ac base station, and a computer with a USB 3.0 (SuperSpeed) port. It can also be plugged into a USB 2.0 port, but the maximum throughput will be limited to the port's maximum speed of 480 Mbps.
The BearExtender Turbo doesn’t require an internal AirPort card, so is great solution for allowing older machines, or those without a wireless card, to take advantage of 802.11ac.
BearExtender Turbo is available now, and is priced below US$80.