View Full Version : Wireless Cards For G3 700mhz Ibook

7th May 2005, 08:56 PM
After being shown how easy it was to instal a card I've decided to look at options. What non-Apple cards will work with my older iBook? I realise it will only be the "b" series rather than "g" but that is fine with me.
I have a 700mhz G3 with an uptodate system (but not Tiger). Already have a recent 14 iBook connected wirelessly to a NetGear DG834G with no problems. Just want to get away from using an ethernet cord on my older laptop.

Pat ;)

7th May 2005, 09:23 PM
Unfortunately I think your out of luck here. The airport connector under the keyboard is not a regular PCMCIA slot. So not only will any other wlan card not fit, but they will not be compatible. Your best bet is to pickup an old airport card off the trading forums or ebay

7th May 2005, 11:21 PM

I bought one off ebay last year for $90.

Check this out. Seller seems like a bit of a fool, but the card should be right for your iBook.

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi...ssPageName=WDVW (http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=4601&item=5193082082&rd=1&ssPageName=WDVW)

8th May 2005, 09:12 AM
thanks blindfox and jobe. I did have a quick look at ebay and might put in a bid.
Jobe, just when I had my hopes up reality seems to intervene.

8th May 2005, 09:52 AM
I'm pretty sure the airport connector is proprietary, so I wouldn't expect any other card to work. However after a bit of digging, I did find one instance of a non-mac wlan card in an ibook.

here (http://homepage.mac.com/macinside/PhotoAlbum36.html) is a sony vaio wlan card in a clamshell ibook. Unfortunately, I dare say a vaio wlan card will be just as rare and expensive as an airport card to pickup.

or here (http://homepage.mac.com/oozone_mikiya/PhotoAlbum5.html) in a g4 powermac

Additionally, as the author of the article points out, they are the same card. This in itself is really strange. What have you been up to apple? Does sony buy their cards from apple or does apple buy their cards from sony? I guess it is silly to assume apple has the facilities to manufacture everything in their product lines themselves.

Alternatively, you could get a belkin (edit: or other) USB wlan adapter pretty cheap but it will not be as portable.

Just to illustrate the space constraints, I've attached a pic of my ibook. You'd be lucky to get anything even slightly longer in or out of the slot without damanging or prior modification to the ibook.

8th May 2005, 09:55 AM
I use a D-Link DWL-122 USB adapter. At $59, I reckon it's a very good alternative.

However, the drivers that come with it are crap. There's an unofficial v1.4.7 driver floating around that works perfectly.

Highly recommended.

8th May 2005, 10:17 AM
where can i find one of those VAIO cards? ive checked google and ebay thoroughly

9th May 2005, 06:40 PM
Ive just bought a Netgear WGE111 Ethernet bridge for an indigo iMac. While it doesn't offer the portability of an internal card it works really well with my wireless network using a Netgear Modem/Router and is 'g' rather than 'b'. Its a tidy little unit and is pretty well plug and play! ($139 incl. freight from DSL-Warehouse)

10th May 2005, 08:11 AM

[I use a D-Link DWL-122 USB adapter. At $59, I reckon it's a very good alternative.

I just followed that link and it looks like a VERY good alternative ......and cheap!