AirPort: Issues connecting to third-party wireless access points using proprietary speed enhancement options

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Issue or symptom

Some third-party wireless network access points offer proprietary non-standard speed boosting modes that only work with wireless client cards from the same vendor. If you have an access point that uses these special modes, they may cause issues for your standards-based AirPort wireless cards. If you have any issues, check the wireless setting on your third-party router and disable any specialized modes.


If you encounter any issues connecting wirelessly to your third-party access point, try disabling AirPort on your computer and connect to the wireless access point with an ethernet cable. Review the settings and disable any special, proprietary speed boosting features. You may need to contact the vendor of your access point for assistance with the configuration changes.

Important: Information about products not manufactured by Apple is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute Apple's recommendation or endorsement. Please contact the vendor for additional information.

Published Date: Feb 20, 2012