Amped Wireless ACA1 Wifi Adapter Gives Your Mac ‘Up to Three Times the Range’


Remain calm. Your laptop is not about to bellow wildly and charge while you bolt frantically down a narrow, cobblestoned street with a red scarf around your neck.

No, you’re actually looking at the Amped Wireless ACA1, the first Mac-compatible gizmo to generate a turbocharged 802.11ac wifi signal (it also works with PCs, but who cares).

Plug the ACA1 into a USB port and its menacing prongs’ll pump out 500mw of wifi power, giving your Mac the wifi muscle in needs to blast through walls and reach distant routers; Amped Wireless says it’ll (probably) triple your range when compared with the wimpy Airport card in your Mac. A little Call of Duty out by the pool, anyone?

The ACA1 is backward-compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n hardware, comes with a USB 3 connection for faster data transfer and arrives July 22 with a pricetag of $90.

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Eli MilchmanWhen he was eight, Eli Milchman came home from frolicking in the Veld one day and was given an Atari 400. Since then, his fascination with technology has made him an intrepid early adopter of whatever charming new contraption crosses his path — which explains why he's Cult of Mac's test editor-at-large. He calls San Francisco home, where he works as a journalist and photographer. Eli has contributed to the pages of and BIKE Magazine, among others. Hang with him on Twitter.

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