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amni
30th October 2005, 10:23 AM
Hi all

I want to buy a secondhand mac laptop for my wife so she can stop using my Dell laptop.

We want to be able to be wireless internet ADSL2+ here.

Can we just buy an ibook secondhand for about $400 and put in a network pcmia card i.e Netgear to wirelessly connect to the Billion VGP7204?

iSlayer
30th October 2005, 10:34 AM
ibooks dont have pcmcia slots
You would need an original apple airport card.They cost about $150 and apple dont make them anymore so you will have to find one on ebay or the trading forums here

icant
30th October 2005, 09:53 PM
BTW, the 600MHz ones are significantly faster than the 500MHz. My memory is fading, but I think the 600MHz had some additional cache in addition to the 100MHz differential.

Byrd
31st October 2005, 08:12 AM
They had the same amount of cache - 256K at full processor speed. The only difference is that the 500Mhz iBook runs at 66Mhz bus, the 600 at 100Mhz - giving a boost to video and memory subsystems.

You can also get ethernet --> wireless bridges to suit your iBook.

JB

amni
2nd November 2005, 01:47 PM
Byrd

WHat do you mean by get ethernet ---> wireless bridges to suit your ibook...I am still considered a newbie to Macs only owning a mini for work....

I just want mey wife to be able to be wireless internet really for the ibook

li1fr0g
2nd November 2005, 02:18 PM
Hi amni,

I use a ibook g3 500 for wired broadband at home and it works really well. I bought it off ebay for about $400. I've done a bit of research into it and you can use wireless if you have an airport card which you can get at www.ittools.com.au for $120.

Hope this helps.

L

MacNut
2nd November 2005, 02:29 PM
You can also get a USB wireless adapter (D-Link 122 works fine) for less than $50 :D

Have fun

Byrd
2nd November 2005, 02:41 PM
amni: it's basically a little box that plugs into your ethernet port, with an antenna to connect to a network wirelessly - they're usually 802.11b speeds, so nothing flash. Obviously it's a clumsy solution, I'd keep an eye out for an original Airport card for an iBook such as this.

JB

amni
2nd November 2005, 03:01 PM
Originally posted by Byrd@Nov 2 2005, 02:41 PM
amni: it's basically a little box that plugs into your ethernet port, with an antenna to connect to a network wirelessly - they're usually 802.11b speeds, so nothing flash. Obviously it's a clumsy solution, I'd keep an eye out for an original Airport card for an iBook such as this.

JB
will an airport card run on the Billion 7204VGP ?

Is extreme card ok or just airport card. I assume it goes in the bottom of the ibook 600?

tempestas
2nd November 2005, 03:16 PM
That model iBook will only take the original Airport card and it goes in a slot underneath the keyboard. Takes about 2 minutes to install.

The USB wireless dongle is your cheapest way to get wireless on that iBook but it will take up a USB port leaving you only one free.