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Mychael
20th January 2010, 12:26 PM
Will they allow me to contact to my wireless router? I've seen pics of them cannot see how they attach to the Mac (G4) are some machines equipped to take them and others not? How do I tell?

The other option I've seen on ebay is a USB type which claims to work with G3 and also my type of router (Belkin)

~Coxy
20th January 2010, 04:16 PM
What Mac do you have? Almost all Macs built in the last 10 years have some way of connecting to a wireless network, but for older models it can be hard to find the right card.

Mychael
20th January 2010, 04:22 PM
What Mac do you have? Almost all Macs built in the last 10 years have some way of connecting to a wireless network, but for older models it can be hard to find the right card.

A G4 running Tiger.. Actually two G4's now a 15" and a 17" model.

avolve
20th January 2010, 05:14 PM
I have a wireless cardbus adaptor that I used briefly on my 17" Powerbook — NewerTech® - MAXPower® 802.11n/g/b Wireless PCMCIA Laptop Cardbus Adapter (http://newertech.com/products/laptopcardbus.php)

If you do not have a built in airport card, it will do the job.

Mychael
20th January 2010, 05:33 PM
I have a wireless cardbus adaptor that I used briefly on my 17" Powerbook — NewerTech® - MAXPower® 802.11n/g/b Wireless PCMCIA Laptop Cardbus Adapter (http://newertech.com/products/laptopcardbus.php)

If you do not have a built in airport card, it will do the job.


I had a look at the link, I cannot see that type of port on my G4 at least on the 15" one. Yet to collect the 17"

~Coxy
20th January 2010, 06:05 PM
A G4 running Tiger.. Actually two G4's now a 15" and a 17" model.

G4 PowerBook?
http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:hCs2EvJnDPFNrM%3Ahttp://www.unlimitmac.com/Classifieds/item/M0102518.jpg

G4 iMac?
http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:9isnbTLCqdBLVM%3Ahttp://themonkeycrew.typepad.com/photos/randomness/imacg4.jpg

G4 PowerMac?
http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ZcWdb38EdDjylM%3Ahttp://sectorcomputer.com/catalog/images/pmg4mdd.jpg

G4 iBook?
http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:V7H4YtMQxcm4CM%3Ahttp://www.sopayaso.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/ibook_g4.jpg

G4 Mac mini?
http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:Z15x4YjUI168NM%3Ahttp://macbitz.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/mac_mini.jpg

Mychael
20th January 2010, 06:24 PM
G4 PowerBook?
http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:hCs2EvJnDPFNrM%3Ahttp://www.unlimitmac.com/Classifieds/item/M0102518.jpg

G4 iMac?
http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:9isnbTLCqdBLVM%3Ahttp://themonkeycrew.typepad.com/photos/randomness/imacg4.jpg

G4 PowerMac?
http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ZcWdb38EdDjylM%3Ahttp://sectorcomputer.com/catalog/images/pmg4mdd.jpg

G4 iBook?
http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:V7H4YtMQxcm4CM%3Ahttp://www.sopayaso.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/ibook_g4.jpg

G4 Mac mini?
http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:Z15x4YjUI168NM%3Ahttp://macbitz.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/mac_mini.jpg

Yeah, sorry, imac

Mychael
21st January 2010, 07:49 AM
So can anyone advise me? I've seen USB ones which claim to work well, the 'card' types I cannot see how they would slot in to the G4 imac I have.

leon
21st January 2010, 08:35 AM
It's easy.
iMac (Flat Panel) and iMac (17-inch Flat Panel): How to Install or Replace an AirPort Card (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2993?viewlocale=en_US)

Mychael
21st January 2010, 08:45 AM
Thanks,
Do you think they are better then the usb ones available? Price seem to be around the same on ebay.

leon
21st January 2010, 08:50 AM
Thanks,
Do you think they are better then the usb ones available? Price seem to be around the same on ebay.

With the USB ones, you use up a USB port for no good reason. I'd just buy an internal one and be done with it.

mmulhern
21st January 2010, 09:56 AM
I think the G4 iMacs could only use the 802.11b Airport cards, which would mean a slower (relatively) connection. The advantage of a USB one would be allowing 802.11g/b/n connection, depending what your router supports, but I don't know how the higher speed adapters would run on the USB1.1 ports of your iMac.

An alternative would be a Ethernet wireless adapter such as Linksys WET610N Wireless-N Ethernet Bridge wi... (WET610N ) at OWC (http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Linksys/WET610N/) to plug into the iMac's ethernet port.

Also, if you go down the path of a USB adapter, make sure it has Mac drivers.

~Coxy
21st January 2010, 10:32 AM
Most G4 iMacs only have USB 1.0, so in that case an AirPort card will be better.

If you have a USB 2.0 iMac, then it will be possible to get much better speeds out of a USB device. However, be sure to get one with OS X support explictly mentioned. Many generic WiFi 'dongles' will not work under OS X.

Mychael
21st January 2010, 10:42 AM
I was looking at this one on ebay.

USB WIRELESS CARD for iMAC MAC Apple Airport G3 G4 G5 X - eBay Parts Accessories, Wireless Networking, Networking Communications, Computers Networking. (end time 01-Feb-10 02:50:15 AEDST) (http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=130334850512&_trkparms=tab%3DWatching)

~Coxy
21st January 2010, 04:18 PM
I was looking at this one on ebay.

USB WIRELESS CARD for iMAC MAC Apple Airport G3 G4 G5 X - eBay Parts Accessories, Wireless Networking, Networking Communications, Computers Networking. (end time 01-Feb-10 02:50:15 AEDST) (http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=130334850512&_trkparms=tab%3DWatching)

That device looks great as long as you don't mind using third-party software to manage the connection. I like that they specifically guarantee it working on Macs with various OS X versions and hardware capabilities (USB 1.1 included.)

Sebastianmonty
21st January 2010, 04:34 PM
If you want an airport card see this link: http://forums.mactalk.com.au/27/79885-wtb-airport-card-emac.html

My friend is in a similar situation and decided to go with: Newer Technology MAXPower 802.11n/g/b USB Adapter - Epowermac (http://www.epowermac.com.au/shop/pc/Newer-Technology-MAXPower-802-11n-g-b-USB-Adapter-644p924.htm)

The reason is the apple wireless cards have no warranty and either get wireless b or g. Not N. I don't know if the right choice has been made until I use it. I know it takes up a USB port but it is technology that is a lot newer than the wireless card so I think it is good in my situation.

Mychael
22nd January 2010, 11:25 AM
If you want an airport card see this link: http://forums.mactalk.com.au/27/79885-wtb-airport-card-emac.html

My friend is in a similar situation and decided to go with: Newer Technology MAXPower 802.11n/g/b USB Adapter - Epowermac (http://www.epowermac.com.au/shop/pc/Newer-Technology-MAXPower-802-11n-g-b-USB-Adapter-644p924.htm)

The reason is the apple wireless cards have no warranty and either get wireless b or g. Not N. I don't know if the right choice has been made until I use it. I know it takes up a USB port but it is technology that is a lot newer than the wireless card so I think it is good in my situation.


My wireless router is a 'g'. I went ahead and ordered the usb thingy. I'll report when I get it and get it going.