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We have a new MacBook Pro set up with a Time Capsule and an 5 year old iMac G4 and are wondering if the G4 will accept an Airport Extreme card or Airport card. We’d like to use the old IMac wirelessly if possible.
Thank you in advance,
Yes, the G4 iMacs can take an Airport card. Depending on the generation you can get an 802.11B card or an 802.11B/G card.
• If you have a 700 MHz or 800MHz processor you need a FastMac APP-0968 Wireless AirPort 802.11b Card.
• If you have a 1GHz to 1.25GHz processor you can get an Apple M8881LL/A AirPort Extreme Card.
It will install under the metal plate on the bottom of the iMac and is easy to do, just make sure to attache the built-in antenna cable after you slide it in the slot.
Will your Monster 6ft Cable – Mini to Optical Toslink for Airport Express/G5 iMac will work for my installation? I want to purchase a new Airport Express base station to stream music from iTunes to my stereo receiver. I have an optical input on the back of my receiver, and just want to make sure this is the correct cable. I plan on purchasing both from you.
Yes. If you want to connect iTunes to your stereo receiver the Mini to Optical Toslink cable will connect an Airport Express or Intel Mac laptop to a Toslink port on a stereo system so you can stream music wirelessly.
Have fun with it!
I have a G5 Power Mac 2.7 system in the basement. Sometimes it sees my Airport express from upstairs … sometimes doesn’t. Can I make my G5 tower wireless?
All, but the last model, need a Power Mac G5 wireless antenna connected to the back of the case.
You need to make sure that G5 antenna is connected to the Airport port on the back of the unit. It can be put into the Bluetooth port by accident, or it sometimes is missing altogether. Both problems will cause poor wireless performance. If you plan on making the G5 wireless – and have the “T” antenna installed correctly – you can try to adjust the angle of the “T” so that it get the best signal quality. Try using the Kismac OS X wireless tool to get a more detailed view of your wireless signal strength.
Hope this helps – good luck making the G5 wireless!
I’ve seen much on the web that complains about setting up an Apple Time Capsule. What is your opinion? Does it deliver? Is it a good option for getting my wife (who deals with plenty of large image files) backed up and connected to extra disc space?
I think the Apple Time Capsule is a good solution for people who are using laptops and stay wireless 80% of the time.
The largest issue with backing up is remembering to do so. Time Machine makes backup easy and automatic. However, a small subset of people who never leave a computer at the desk long enough to backup to a USB drive were not being protected by Time Machine. Those people need the Time Capsule so that they too can take advantage of Time Machine’s automatic backup.
If you have a desktop, or leave your laptop connected to external devices on a desk for a few hours a day, you would be best served by using a directly connected external USB hard drive for your backups. The Airport Extreme base station will allow you to connect an external USB drive for network file storage. That drive will be accessible from the network or you can always connect it directly to a Mac and retrieve the data if one day your Airport fails. If the drive in your Apple Time Capsule fails it’s harder to get access to.
Hope that helps you make a decision,
We received the “new” airport card and when trying to connect to our wireless router, the error message came up saying “unable to connect to network with our name.”
So it won’t allow connection to any network from what I understand.
Any suggestions now? Because we are at a total loss! Lesson learned…do not buy on ebay!!!
- Angie & Kelly
I am fairly sure it is a network password issue. Turn off your wireless network password on the router and see if you can connect your iBook to it.
You could also try to find another Wi-Fi location without a password to test the card. Some Coffee shops offer free internet for their customers, and that would at least tell you if the card works. If the card is the issue, consider this FastMac AirPort Card as well.
Jacob, Maya referred me to you so here goes
I’m trying to get rid of my slow satellite internet and pick up my neighbors T3 connection wirelessly. I have an iMac, Macbook Pro and an iPhone that I want to be networked in my house and I can’t seem to make it work. I ordered a Hawkins HWUN1 high gain antenna, hooked it up to my iMac and it works great. The problem is to use it I have to turn off my airport and the iMac is the only one that gets internet. I need to find a way to pick up the signal (about 120 yards away through trees) and still network my computers in home.
I tried enabling sharing and plugging my airport extreme into my imac but that messed stuff up and I still can’t use my imac’s airport. I’m not really sure how the routers / repeaters / signal boosters / etc. work and I need some help!
Is there a router out there that I can plug my HWUNI into and redistribute the signal? Or do I need to go a completely different route?
So to clarify…
I want to:
Pick up my neighbor’s signal
Network my home computes
1 Macbook Pro
1 Airport Extreme Base Station
1 Hawkins HWUN1 (which has enough amplification to get the signal)
Let me know what your recommendations would be.
Because the HWUN1 is a USB network device you can not share it through an Airport Extreme base station. What you can do is connect to the neighbor’s network via the Hawkins USB adapter, and then share that connection with your other wireless devices through your iMac’s wireless card. You do this in the Sharing section of System Preferences.
In both cases your iMac will always need to be on, and not sleeping. You can set the system Sleep to “never” in the Energy Saver section of System Preferences. It is OK to let the hard drive and Display sleep, just set the System slider bare to “Never”.
I have a problem with my Airport Card and want to change it out. Can I use the card MB363Z/A without any problems? My Mac is an iMac 24″ 2.16 Intel Core 2 Duo and the Airport Card I use is bcm 94321 mc.
Although I have not tried it myself, it should work. When ordering Apple service parts for your system it notes the compatible machines as:
iMac (17-inch Late 2006), iMac (24-inch), Mac Pro, iMac (20-inch Late 2006)
You should be fine, just note that it is a very extensive repair that requires the removal of the front casing and shielding. Also the antenna connectors are fragile so work lightly.
I know there are new printers that have Wi-Fi capability, but I would like to use my existing printer on a wireless network. Is there a way to connect the printer directly to a wireless router so the printer is available to all users on the network? Any solution would probably also have to work with WinXP and MacOS X.4 or .5
I use the Apple Airport base stations for this. They share a printer with Macs and PCs, but you need to install Bonjour on the Windows system.
I am having trouble with a new wireless setup for Mac. I originally loaded wireless software on PC and it is working fine there. I used WPA security with Network and password. The Mac sees Network but will not take password. I am using DHCP and have the IP address and the Subset mask address. I have tried putting them in as a manual setup and also tried automatic IP. I’m using port 9 and b&g settings on router. Any ideas please!
WPA is the best security to use for your mixed Wireless network because it will often work identically for both Apple Computers and Windows PCs. There are some options in setting up the wireless router that may not work well with your Mac. One of the primary issues stems from “Speed Boosting” technology promoted by some routers. These feature will work well if you use the same manufacturer for a wireless router and a computers wireless network card. Matching card and router works with “Speed Boosting” because both understand each other, but that feature doesn’t adhere to industry standards for wireless communication. With Mac computers, they have built-in wireless cards that expect standard wireless communication and the Airport card fails to understand the “Speed Boosting” communication from the router. Make sure that any boosting technology is turned off on your router.
It is also important that you have a modern version of the Mac OS to connect to the WPA network. Use Mac OS X 10.4.11 or higher if you can. There are several WPA configuration options that may also be causing problems. On your router you will want to select Pre-Shared Key w/TKIP, or something similar, to connect your Mac via WPA/WPA2 Personal option.
These Wi-Fi to ethernet adapters, like the Belkin unit you have, are great for connecting older Apple laptops and Apple computers to a wireless network. Because you have both PCs and Macs you have two options. You can program this Belkin Wireless Ethernet Bridge via your Dell with the setup wizard included on the CD that came with in the box. Connect the device to your Dell with an ethernet cable and use the setup wizard as if you were going to use it to get your Dell on the network with the adapter. Once you have the Dell online via the Wireless Ethernet Bridge, disconnect it from the Dell and plug the ethernet cable into the G3 Apple computers ethernet jack.
Then it is just a matter of setting the G3′s TCP/IP settings to use DHCP.
If you do not want to use the Dell for this or you have problems, you can use a web browser. First you have to set your G3 computer’s TCP/IP settings to Manual, and set the following settings.
IP address: 192.168.2.200
Save those settings and then open a browser and type this IP address into the browsers address bar: 192.168.2.225
That should get you to the router’s web interface to finish the setup based on the users manual. After you configure your adapter you will have to change the TCP/IP settings on your G3 back to DHCP.
Here’s a link to your Belkin G Gaming Adapter downloadable user manual.
Recently, my employer upgraded me to a Dell Latitude XT tablet PC. My older HP tablet connects our wireless no problem.
But not the Dell. Even though as best as I can tell, I have configured the wireless for our airport extreme the same.
Basically, the Dell never acquires an IP address. Unfortunately when you mention Apple to XP guys- they just clam up.
What I have discovered by checking the Dell’s Wireless Network Connection status on the Support tab is that the Dell is not picking up an IP or Subnet mask. When I click on the “details” button, I see a Physical Address but no other settings.
Any clue as why the Dell won’t connect wirelessly to our Airport? The Table does connect to other wireless access points.
You could be encountering a problem with having a “Fixed IP” address in your work’s network. Many IT people use fixed IPs to control network access, preventing unauthorized computers being brought in from home. Follow these steps to make sure you have your system set to request an IP address from the DHCP server in your Airport router.
To enable DHCP in Windows XP, follow these steps:
• On the Start Menu, select Control Panel > Network Connections.
• Right-click the appropriate connection name and select Properties.
• Select TCP/IP Protocol, and then select Properties.
• On the General tab, select Obtain an IP address automatically.
• Click OK.
If it does not automatically obtain an IP address, you may want to restart the XP computer. If that has no effect make sure your Airport Extreme router is set to share its network connection via DHCP. Also you may want to try temporarily removing any Access password you set on the router, just to see if this is a password issue. If removing the Airport password helps, please re-enable it and let me know and we can try to get your XP system to use the password.
I recently purchased an upgraded wireless card from PowerMax for my MacBook Pro. The new card only has two antenna connections with no identifying marks correlating with the three connections in the laptop, while the old airport card had three that are clearly labeled. The spacing between the two connections on the new card would suggest use of the middle connection is not required, but this is an assumption. We all know what “assumption” stands for. Can you shed any light on this?
I assume (ha!) you are using the Mac Pro wireless upgrade kit to add 802.11n to your pre-N MacBook Pro. In that case there is sometimes an “extra” antenna cable. There are two things to remember when dropping one antenna from a three-cable wire harness. The first is that you want to cap the metal end of the unused antenna cable. The second is that you want to use the black and blue cables with the new card, and cap the grey cable. If the cables are not color coded, the middle cable is the right one to cap.
My wife is a graphic designer who wants to move her old Mac G3/400 Blue & White tower from her office so she can do some basic stuff from home. The only trouble is connecting to the Internet. We live in a small place and it would be ideal if we could go wireless with the G3.
We have DSL at home with a Model 5590 Zoom X6 ADSL 2/2+ Modem w/Wireless router for either 802.11g or 802.11b. The G3 is running OSX 10.3.9, and I know just enough basics to be pretty sure we can make the G3 wireless, but I don’t know enough to know what our best options for internal cards or USB or whatever will work best.
I have been a fan of the Addlogix USB Wi-Fi adapter. It will work with Mac OS X 10.3 or higher, on an open USB 2.0 port. The USB 2.0 port is there requirement and I have heard mixed reports of it working on some USB 1.1 ports. Your best bet would be to get a USB 2.0 PCI card to add wireless to the G3 tower.
I’ve got a PowerBook G4, OS X 10.4.
I’ve had this experience in two different public places, the Munich airport, and a little cafe in Sigtuna, Sweden. In Munich, all I noticed was that I seemed to get connected to the free airport WiFi net, but I was assigned no router. I did not notice what IP address I was assigned, but based on what I learned later, I certainly will notice if it happens again.
At the cafe, a password was required, which I entered. First attempt, I got “There was an error…” So I tried again, and apparently got connected. But things didn’t seem to work just right, and when I tried cnn.com and was told it wasn’t available, I knew something had gone wrong. System Prefs / Network / TCP/IP appeared to show that I had an IP address but no router, just as I had seen at the airport. The owner was able to get his Vista PC to connect w/o problem. I later found out that the IP address showing in the TCP/IP dialog was the one that means “this is not a real IP address” — 169.254.x.x.
I returned the next day with my brother and his Mac (he has a MacBook, also running 10.4). Though the owner’s machine still worked, neither of our machines did, despite a reboot of the router (a D-Link). We tried WEP-Password and WEP-ASCII, neither one worked. The owner opened the network, we tried again (set TCP/IP to Manual, then back to DHCP), and everything worked.
In summary, the symptom is that the WEP authorization fails without complaint and we get no DCHP info. Doing a “Renew DCHP Lease” results in no change, nor any error message. Does this make any sense to you, and do you have any idea what to do about it? It sounds to me as if either the auth or the DHCP, on either the Mac side or the D-Link side is deviating from the protocol. I can get the owner of that cafe to remove the password, but the Munich airport is a little more of a hard case.
I’ll feel a *little* better if it turns out to be the D-Link, but it’d still be nice to be able to adapt in some way. A debug mode might be helpful, but I don’t know if there is one.
I cannot be certain but I would suspect this is related to WEP’s sometimes use of hexadecimal equivalents on some access points.
The main point being that you may need to add a “$” if a hexadecimal password was required to get the other computer on the network, use the same hex code, but add a “$” in front of it. Also if it is a standard password, use quotes.
I have a iBook (circa 2002) and I would like to get it wireless capable. Is there anything I can do short of paying $1,000?
All iBooks, and most PowerBooks can go Wireless with a simple upgrade card. What you need is an Apple Airport card. There are two versions of airport card for the iBook – you’ll need a G4 iBook Airport Extreme card, or a regular G3 iBook FastMac Airport card.With iBooks, you just flip open the keyboard and plug in the card. Inside your iBook there is a built-in Airport antenna that attaches to the back of the Airport card. After the battery, Airport is the most user-accessible installation on the iBook.
Is there a range extender (or signal booster) available for the iMac wireless computer? I have the Time Capsule connected to a PC in an adjacent room and occasionally lose the internet connection. I have a Westell 2200 modem.I see two on your site but would like to know which one, if any, would help with my iMac connections.
As I understand your network, you have a Westell 2200 DSL modem plugged in through Ethernet to your Time Capsule router/Drive’s WAN port. Your PC is connected by Ethernet to the Time Capsule’s LAN port and your iMac connects wirelessly to the Time Capsule.
The problem you have is that the iMac is too far away from the Time Capsule to get a good signal. The best option for you would be an added Airport Express. You can wirelessly link your Time Capsule to the new Airport Express Via the WDS feature of Airport. This will let you place your new Airport Express halfway between your Time Capsule and iMac to create that boosted network range you wanted.
Let’s say I’m in Kindergarden when it comes to computers.
I have an iBook G4, 3 1/2 years old and am looking to buy a new (or refurbished maybe) iMac. I have a lot of questions. First question is: should I ask one question at a time or is it ok to ask several questions in one email?
Question #2 ~ how does the wifi thing work? I mean, we pay Comcast every month to have internet service here which is cable, not DSL. If we have wifi which I understand comes with a new iMAC, do we still pay Comcast? Please explain so that I can decide whether this is a feature that is advantageous to me or not.
Don’t worry, there is a lot of common confusion as to what Wi-Fi is.
It may be helpful to think of Wi-Fi as a drinking glass. Your Comcast Internet connection is similar to the water connection to your house. If you want to drink it you have to fill your glass with water. You could drink right from the garden hose but it will not reach everywhere you want to go. A glass lets you drink water everywhere in your house without having to install new plumbing throughout your house. So, similar to the glass, Wi-Fi lets you get your Comcast Internet connection any place in your house. You still have to pay Comcast for the Internet connection if you have Wi-Fi, the same as paying the water bill even if you don’t have a drinking glass.
One more consideration is that you need to have a Wi-Fi adapter on both ends of your connection. The iMac has one built-in but not all Comcast modems have Wi-Fi adapters built-in. You need to call Comcast and ask if your Modem has Wi-Fi. If it does not, you can buy one to add to your modem. Apple calls its Wi-Fi connections “Airport” and you can buy an Apple Airport base station to get your Comcast connection turned into a Wi-Fi connection. Think of an Airport Base Station as a special faucet for your drinking glass.
The Airport Express Base Station is a good budget option and it is easy to use with your Mac.
I bought a MacBook Pro from PowerMax in March. Everything has been great until a few weeks ago when I began to have problems getting Wi-Fi connections. I’ve always just been able to turn on the computer, wait a few seconds, and then if there’s Wi-Fi near I get a little pop-up that says: “none of your trusted wireless networks are available, do you want to join blah-network?” I tell it yes, see the scrolling “location” next to my Airport connection thingy at the top of the screen, and then it shows me the connection power. That’s worked at friends’ houses, at truck stops on a cross-country drive, airports, libraries, etc. However, a few weeks ago I began to get another pop-up that says: “there was an error connecting to blah-network, try again? Or quit?” Sometimes the Network Setup Assistant helps (but only once), and sometimes it just says I’m unable to connect to the network. In each instance it’s been a place where there is no password, where the computer finds the network with no problem, and where I see other people online.
I’m running OSX 10.4.9, I have a 2.16 GHZ Intel Core 2 Duo and 1 GB 667 MHzRAM (whatever all that means, I asked the Mac to tell me about itself).
Another bit of info, I’m online now at a place I used in April, so it’s a “trusted network.” Not to jinx myself, but so far I haven’t had any problems here, since the computer recognizes this place. When I come here, open my computer, turn it on, I’m already connected. It doesn’t ask me anything, because I think I told it somewhere in the preferences that if I have a trusted network to just join. Does that make sense?
Oh, and to make this even more difficult, I live in Italy now. That was one of the main reasons for getting the laptop, I knew I’d be traveling. That was the April trip, and we moved here in July. So, all over Europe in April I had no problems getting Wi-Fi, and after the final move I started to have these crazy connection problems.
Seeing as you are having connectivity issues, I will try to give you a few different things to try so you do not have to wait around for the next set of instructions. The first is centered around the Mac remembering trusted wireless networks. You can tell your Mac to connect to “any” network, without adding it to the Preferred Network list. That network list could be your problem. To make these changes, select System Preferences from the blue Apple menu. Now click on the Network section and double click on AirPort from the Network Status window. Under the Airport tab, change the “By default, join” popup menu from Preferred Networks to Automatic. Click on the big Apply Now button in the lower right corner and test it on the network. If that fails to work for you, can completely remove the default Airport settings and see if that change helps. The preference file is located here: /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/com.apple.airport.preferences.plistDrag it to your desktop first and it will make a copy of itself for safekeeping. Now drag it again, but this time, place it in the Trash. You will have to enter your password. Now go back to the Airport System Preference section and change it back to Preferred networks. There should be no entries there now. Try joining a network and see if it works. If it still does not work, and networks you could join before don’t work, then you can copy the file on your desktop back to its original place.
The other possibility is that your Keychain is remembering the wrong passwords for some of the networks, or thinks it knows the network’s password, when it doesn’t actually have a password for the network. The Keychain is where OS X stores your passwords when you ask your Mac to remember them for you. You can look at your passwords through a utility called Keychain Access. It is in the Utilities folder inside the Applications folder. In the application, click on “All Items” in the left section of the window and then sort the list by kind. You can sort by any header category by clicking on the header (Name, Date, etc.). Delete anything that is an “Airport Network Password.” Try connecting now.
The only other possibility I can think of has little to do with your computer and more to do with the router being used. Most times we do not think about it, but Airport and Wi-Fi networks have channels just like TV. Wi-Fi is standard and around the world you can use channels 1 through 11 any place. Europe however, uses two additional channels in their Wi-Fi. These two channels, 12 and 13, are commonly used outside the US–but US-built equipment cannot communicate on those channels. It could be that you are trying to connect to a base station using channel 13 and your Airport card does not go that high. If you are able to ask someone in the know the locations where you’re having problems, check to see what channel they’re using. The only solution to this European router issue is to get a European-made Wi-Fi card.
I just added an Airport Extreme card to my G5 single processor 1.8. I am in a room about 10′ away from my base station. My signal strength is on the lower two bars. I can use my G4 iBook in the back yard and the signal strength is at max. What gives? I expected a strong signal with this card and I am barely recording anything. What might help me improve signal strength?
When Apple switched its tower design from the G4 Plastic case to the all metal G5 case, they had to do something funky with the wireless antennas. Unlike plastic, wireless signals travel poorly through metal. So Apple solution was to route the bluetooth and Airport internal antennas to the back of the G5′s case. There are two antenna ports on the back connection panel above the optical audio jacks. The topmost plug is for a T-shaped Airport antenna that came with the G5s when they were new. The other lower-port is for a pin-shaped bluetooth antenna.
If you still have the original G5 box, the “T” shaped adapter could still be in it. Otherwise one can be ordered for you as an Apple Service part. A replacement antenna will cost $19.88 plus shipping. The free fix is to run your G5 with the side door off. The plastic airfoil will keep it running cool and the clear plastic will not stop the wireless signal like the metal door does. The “T” antenna is the best solution though.
The “T” antenna was often lost and Apple came to realize that it was a bad solution. Later on when Apple switched to the Dual Core G5s, they integrated the antennas onto the outside of the case in a plastic strip along the back.
I have several Apple computers connected to a new Airport Extreme N in my home. All work very well and connectibility is never a problem, with one exception. I have an older eMac (1.00 GHz G4) that will not automatically join the network after it sleeps. I have set it to join auto and “join a specific network”, but it still is lazy when it wakes up and I need to click and join.
I know this is no big problem, but it is frustrating when my wife calls (often) and complains that “the printer is broken” or “we don’t have the internet in the front room anymore.” Do you get my problem? Help please!
A few things may be causing your eMac to forget what wireless network to join. The fist place to look is within your password keychain. In your Utilities folder is an application called Keychain Access.app that will allow you to view, edit, or delete your saved passwords. Search for “AirPort” in the search box located in the upper right hand corner of the Keychain Access window. Delete all entries you find for AirPort. Now when you try to connect to the network, you should be prompted to enter your password. Enter it and save it to the keychain. Test the eMac to see if it reconnects to your wireless network after sleeping.
If that doesn’t work, you can try deleting two preference files. One is found here: /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/com.apple.airport.preferences.plist and the other is here: /Library/Preferences/com.apple.networkConfig.plist. Once you have placed those two files in the trash you will have to restart. After the eMac is running again, go to the Network System Preference and re-enable Airport.
Hopefully one of those two things should work for you and stop the tech support calls.
I have the iMac w/Intel chip and a new MacBook w/Intel chip. I have them set up on a network with the AirPort Extreme. Is there any easy way to transfer individual songs or playlists in iTunes from the iMac to the MacBook without using FireWire?
Also I have found out a way to transfer photos in iPhoto but it is somewhat complicated. Do you know an easy way to make that transfer?
I have several Macs at home and I will often use the share features of iTunes and iPhoto to do what you want. This is done in the preferences of both applications. Look for the "Sharing" button on the top bar of the application preferences. Check the checkbox next to "Look for shared music" and "Share my music." Do this in iTunes and iPhoto on both computers. Now you will be able to access all your music and photos from any computer. It even works to play music from another computer and send that music to the AirTunes port on an Airport Express. Just look for Shared items in the left hand "Source" column of iTunes and iPhoto.
I hope this functions as you wanted. There are other complicated ways to do this but this method will work best without constantly re-synchronizing.
We’ve connected my Mac mini and my husband’s Mac with a Linksys. It worked well at first. Then we went away for two weeks, left everything on, and found that I couldn’t connect to the internet anymore without disconnecting the Linksys. Any ideas?
Linksys makes many network products and there are a variety of ways to connect them to your Macs. If you are using the wired broadband router, you will have Ethernet wires running to your Linksys router from the computers and an Ethernet cable from the Linksys router’s "Broadband" port to your DSL/Cable modem. If you have a setup that looks like what I have described, just simply unplug the power from both the DSL/Cable modem and the Linksys router. Wait 60 seconds and then reconnect power to the DSL/Cable modem. After another 60 seconds, reconnect power to the Linksys router. Now try getting on the Internet from your computers.
You may also have a wireless Linksys router. It will have a single Ethernet cable running in between the DSL/Cable modem and the router. This router will also have antennas on it and your computers will connect wireless to this router. This setup should be powered down and then back up again as I described above, but there is an added step at the end. After everything has powered back on, go to your Airport icon next to the top right system clock on each computer. It looks like an arched triangle with grey or black bars. Click and hold on it to reveal a menu. Select your wireless network from that menu. When the Airport icon bars are black you should be connected to the Internet.
I hope that gets you connected again and if not write back with your specific model of Linksys router.
I have a iMac Power PC G3, 512 mb memory, processor 600MHz. I would like to
create a wireless network in my house, which would include two Windows
computers and the iMac. The iMac does not have a Airport Card. I have a
Linksys Wireless-G broadband router(WRT54G) that I tried to use, I haven’t
had any success in my endeavor.
If I purchase a used airport card (a-51540) / or a Airport Extreme Base
Station could I make the wireless network happen.
The iMac OS is Xversion 10.2.8 and 9.2.2.
The Apple Store suggested a new iMac, but I think it should be possible
without going to that extreme.
Your advice and expertise would be appreciated.
Apple no longer sells the tools you need to take your G3 iMac wireless, that’s why the Apple Store people could only offer you an extreme solution. You are perfectly right to think that a 600 MHz iMac will connect wirelessly. The original airport card that you mentioned will work, but you will also need an added part. Slot loading G3 iMacs like yours need something called an Interposer. The Airport card will slide into the Interposer and then get inserted into the iMac through the RAM hatch on the bottom of the computer. You need to remember to connect the antenna to the card before you slide the card into the iMac. Here is a link to instructions on installing the Airport card.
There is another solution to go wireless but it will only work in OS X. The Addlogi XWireless-G USB Network Adapter for Mac OS Xwill also work but it takes a little extra setup. Also, Addlogi Xwill not support OS 10.2.8 but I have tested it and found that if you use the 10.3 driver that it will work in 10.2.8.
Your WRT54G router should work fine, try running the setup utility from the PC and see if that fixes your problem. Also make sure that your DSL / Cable modem is plugged into the port marked as either Broadband, Internet, or WAN. You will want to also turn off the DSL / Cable modem before moving the connection to the wireless router. Then power up everything when the ethernet cables are connected.
I purchased a 17" MacBook Pro from you folks (core duo processor) a while back and was wondering if there is a new Airport card that will bring it up to the new 802.11n speeds for wireless Ethernet. I haven’t seen any info on this so I don’t know if it’s possible. I’m thinking of getting the new Airport Extreme and of course would like to be able to get the maximum speed out of the thing.
I currently have a Linksys EtherFast Cable/DSL wired router with 8 ports, and the network currently consists of a PowerMac G5 (dual 2GHz), a Mac mini G4 and my Intel 17" MacBook Pro (2.16 GHz, core duo).
I’m not concerned so much about file transfers between the laptop and the rest of the computers, but mainly want the speed for the laptop for Internet browsing.
According to Apple the only computers that support 802.11n connections are Core 2 Duo and Xeon based Macs, which of course is true for those Macs with Airport already installed from Apple. However, there is an unsanctioned upgrade option using Apple parts. We have performed some tests in the PowerMax lab and verified that you can replace the wireless card on older Intel Macs with the Apple 802.11n card. We used the Mac Pro wireless upgrade kit to replace the older 802.11b/g cards in MacBooks and Macbook Pros. It’s not easy work to open your MacBook Pro and exchange the wireless cards but it is a clean upgrade without the need for bulky cards hanging out of the computer.
The larger question is whether the 802.11n functionality is necessary for what you do. The 802.11n Airport Extreme Base Station is definitely worth the money even for non-802.11n Mac owners. It has printer/drive sharing and other cool features, but the best benefit is even without 802.11n clients on the network it offers extended range. The truth is that your cable or DSL modem is serving up an internet connection slower than even 802.11b speeds, so you really will not get any internet browsing speed bump with 802.11n connectivity. Also, when you have 802.11g and 802.11n clients on the same network, everyone’s connection speed decreases. All your computers would have to be 802.11n-enabled to get the expanded network speeds. I do recommend the new base station for all Mac users, but not primarily for its network speed.
I would like to buy a aluminum PowerBook 15″. I have just heard that the aluminum casing ruins the wi-fi capability. I don’t mind a small amount of loss like ten percent, but in your opinion, is it much worse?
All metal degrades wireless signals, that’s why your microwave oven does not cook you when it’s cooking your dinner. The wireless signal of 802.11b/g is the same type of signal as what is used in your microwave oven, and the oven has a metal housing to keep the cooking contained in the box. Apple knows this of course and has placed the wireless antennas behind rubber and not aluminum. I have an Aluminum G4 and find the wireless range to be exceptional, even compared to my plastic G4 iBook. Hope that helps!
While setting up an administrator account in order to ‘compute safely,’ I can’t seem to be able to give permanent permission to use Airport in other accounts. Each time I log in to either my usual account, or a visitor account that I give permission to do about everything short of administrator, I have to type in the admin password in order to access Airport.I’ve repaired permissions, etc.Any ideas?
There could be only a few things interfering with other accounts accessing your home wireless network without administrator approval. My best guess would be that you need to set your preferred network. This is how you can do it in Mac OS X 10.4 but it’s similar in other versions of OS X: When logged into the Administrator account go to the System Preferences. Select “Network” and change the “Show” pull down menu to “Airport.” You probably will have to click on the locked Padlock icon in the lower left hand corner to make changes. Enter your password when you are prompted and click OK. Now click on the Airport tab. Change the “By default, join:” pull down menu from Automatic to Preferred networks. In the window below you should see your home wireless network. If you do not see your home network, or you want to have more networks in that list, click on the “+” button. You can type the network’s name or if you are near the network you can select it by clicking the down pointing arrow to the right of the text box. Then enter the network password if you have one and click Ok. Before you close the Network preference window click on the options button. Make sure that the “Require administrator password to:” section has no checkboxes checked. Click the OK button to close the Options window and then click the Apply Now button to save all you changes. To be certain, you may want to repeat these steps for each account you have on your computer.Although other things could cause this problem of yours I think this will likely solve it. Let me know how it works for you.
We have a router 900 feet away from our house. We want to know how wecan connect this to a wired Mac network at our house. What are yoursuggestions?1. Can we run ethernet cable?2. Can we simply use a powerful directional antenna?3. Would a wireless bridge span this?
900 feet is near three times the practical limit of ethernet, so your first option is out. That is, unless you want to place a ethernet switch every 300 feet to act as a repeater. Your other solution of going wireless with directional antenna is possible but probably expensive. Here is a link to a great antenna store which has a product called Q-Bridge (Link to Q-Bridge). This would handle your 900 foot network jump easily. Most wireless repeaters, like Apple’s WDS systems, will not work over this range without many midway hops between the two networks. In that case you may as well use the ethernet switches instead.Most professional network installers use fiber gigabit over fiber optic cable to span that distance. You would need to buy two gigabit switches that have a least one SFP port each. Then you would need to use two GBIC 1000BASE-LX FIBER SFP modules and 900 feet of 9 µm single mode cabling between them. This would be a pricey solution to say the least.If you try the Q-Bridge, let me know what you think about it or what you end up using.
Which Mac computers are Airport Express ready and which are Airport ready?
For the most part, any computer with a G4 350 MHz or G3 500 HMz processor or higher, but with speeds at or below below 900 MHz will take a original Airport card (Used Airport Card). Also, most Macs with a 1 GHz or faster processor will take an Airport Extreme card (Airport Extreme Card). The Mirrored Drive Door G4 (MDD G4) is the exception to these rules. For the MDD G4 you need to know if it has FireWire 800. If it has FireWire 800 it will take an Airport Extreme card, and if it does not have FireWire 800 then you have to use an original Airport card. There are a few other exceptions to the rules but this will take care of 99 percent of the Macs out there.
I was wondering it would be possible to start a Wireless network without an Airport Base Station, thanks in advance.
Any Apple computer with Airport wireless capabilities can take the place of a base station. It is called an ad-hoc Wi-Fi network. This is a perfect solution for people who have a desktop Mac and a portable Mac. You will create the Ad-hoc network on your Mac with an ethernet or dial-up internet connection. From OS X you click on the Airport Menu near the clock in the upper right hand corner of your screen. From that menu select “Create Network…” From the window that opens you can name the network and chose a radio channel to broadcast on.. That is all that you have to do to start a wireless network, but you should consider password protecting your network. Click on the “Show Options” button and check the checkbox for “Enable encryption.” Then enter a password twice and you should be ready to go. If you have older equipment or a mix of PCs and Macs, first set up your ad-hoc network without a password to test the setup and add a password later. All you other computers will connect to your ad-hoc network the same as if there was a base station..
Hey, I’m just wondering… can you put an airport extreme card in a Quicksilver 800mhz? I’m thinking of buying one and upgading it with a new processor and hard drive and memory and other stuff, but can you put an airport extreme card in there? Thanks!
The Quicksilver can only accept a standard Airport card internally (Used Airport Card). Original Airport cards use different connections than Airport Extreme cards. You can always use USB wireless connections or other non-Apple solutions, but there are often advantages to using Apple Airport (Extreme) cards. The built-in antenna and automatic driver updates are just a few. Even though Airport is slower than the Airport Extreme, both wireless standards are faster than your internet connection.
First off, thank you for your time. I just recently purchased a Mac Pro workstation for use at home. My home network is completely wireless since my girlfriend growled at the sight of cables running all over. I have read various forums in which users state they have connected to their wireless network by running a cable from their PowerMac/MacPro to an Airport Express base station. Some say they have used a cross-over cable, some say it’s not needed because the AE base station is auto sensing. Could you confirm if this is possible, and how I would go about configuring it?
You can use an Airport Express to bridge a wireless connection to a wired computer. You will have to have another Airport Express or Airport Extreme base station as your main base station. They both will need the latest firmware to support the secure WDS connection. Join your two base stations through WDS and then connect the Mac Pro to the ethernet port with any ethernet cable. The gigabit ethernet port on the Mac Pro will auto detect what kind of connection is on the other end of the cable and adjust to that. It is easiest to set up WDS when both base stations are setup together so if you encounter problems then reset them both to “Default” settings. Then set them up through the WDS tab in the Airport Admin Utility.Good luckâ€¦ and I know the growl your girlfriend gave you from experience.
I’m one of those lucky people who works entirely from home. Unfortunately my employer requires us to all use Windows PCs along with our IP phones – we use certain Microsoft technology that is no longer available for Macs (remember ActiveX?). My employer provides a wireless router as well (a NetGear MR814v2).So far I’ve used the router entirely for wired connections including our household Macintoshes. But now I’d like to break free of the wires and allow wireless networking throughout the house. It appears that the Macintoshes, though they are equipped with Airport cards, don’t recognize the router as it is currently set up. I realize that most of the configuration needs to be done on the router, but I find scant references to wirelessly connecting the Macs.Do you have any suggestions, or recommendations? Would an Airport Express WAP help me to easily configure a wireless network?
WPA wireless security is definitely what you will want for your mixed network. The main reason is that WPA is implemented with the same passkey system on both the Mac and Windows OS. WEP encryption is flawed and in mixed networks WEP often uses long Hexadecimal passwords that rarely work the first time you enter them. The largest Problem with WEP is that any kid with enough time can crack it. WPA is currently safe from Wi-Fi spying, and for business work that’s essential. If your wireless router supports WPA, then start using that instead of WEP and as long as your Macs are running 10.3.9 then you should be able to connect. Almost all wireless equipment is cross-platform, so there should be no reason to buy extra equipment. If all else fails, an Airport Express connected to the router will get you wireless quickly (http://www.powermax.com/product/Apple_Airport_Express_Base_Station_with_AirTunes/a-m9470ll/a.html).Hope that helps get you going without the cords.
Hey Jacob – I have a few questions to bounce off of you …I’m a graphic designer and about to go into business for myself. I just left my corporate job and I need to get my old PowerMac G4 (Quick Silver) up to speed at home. I haven’t used it in three years. I need it to have a wireless internet connection. What do I need?Also, I want to get a used laptop for some on-location work, checking emails, etc. Which laptop would you recommend? I had a G4 PowerBook (17″) at my former job and I loved it. My only problem is that I don’t have the money to purchase that same one…. any suggestions?
The easiest way to go wireless on the Quicksilver G4 is with the original Airport Card (http://www.powermax.com/product/Used_Airport_Card/a-51540.html). It just slides into a special slot on the inside and a built-in antenna plugs into the back of the card. It is a very clean and easy install. As for the transmitting end: some DSL providers supply wireless routers but you can just buy yourself a Linksys wireless router (http://www.powermax.com/product/LinkSys_WireLess-G_BroadBand_Router/563043.html). That should get you wireless. For a cost-effective laptop, you could go with a previously owned G4 iBook, but also consider a MacBook. For as little as $1099.00 you could have a faster computer than your Quicksilver that can also hook up to your current display and keyboard. You could then use the MacBook as your main system and trade in your old computer.Perhaps that will work best for you.
I am hoping you can give me a couple of pointers. I currently have two networks in the house, one is for the internet (Apple Network a70325) and the other is for printing (The Printer Zone). I’m using:iBook G4 with OS X (10.4.7) Airport Extreme Base Station (apple network a70325) running the internet from a cable modem. Airport Express Station (The Printer Zone), hooked up to an HP All in one Officejet 7310. Goal: to just have one network where I can print and get the internet, without having to switch back and forth in the taskbar. Is this goal possible?I’m also expecting that once the two stations are set up, the Printer zone should just disappear?
Having a single wireless network comprised of multiple base-stations is one of the things that sets Apple wireless products apart from the rest. What you will want to do is set up “WDS” in your network. WDS stands for Wireless Distribution System and it’s what allows one base station to act as the primary connection to the internet, and every other base station in range to act as a repeater. With the latest version of Airport Admin Utility, connect to the Extreme base station. Click on the WDS tab. Check the checkbox next to “Enable this base station as a WDS” and set it to be the “main base station.” Next, select the “+” button to add your Express base station. It will have to be within 150 feet for this to work. Select your Express and then click the Update button. After everything resets, your two base stations will act as one network and each base station can support a printer. This is the best way to setup multiple base stations and you can keep adding Express base stations to the network as your needs grow.Have fun.Jacob Loeb
I am currently looking at purchasing a MacBook Pro from PowerMax. I want to set up our old PowerBook G4 with Airport just for Internet use.
I need to get the old Airport card, yet I have seen the alternative adapter that uses USB. Will that work with the Airport Station?
Mac-compatible USB Wi-Fi adapters will work with Apple’s Airport products. The only problem comes when you use WEP encryption on your network. Although Apple adhered to the 802.11b and 802.11g Wi-Fi standards, they implemented it using a slightly different method for encrypting the network. The Apple way was easier when using all Apple hardware, but it can become difficult when mixing hardware. It is only WEP that has a problem; WPA works the same on all hardware. Probably the biggest concern is that the USB options stick out of the computer and can snag on things. The Airport card is the cleanest solution, fitting completely inside the computer. You can still find original Airport cards used. Whichever way you go, just remember not to use WEP with the USB adapters.
There is a very steady and annoying low-frequency hum that comes across my FM received in my car when I use my iPod with your wireless adapter. This happens regardless of the (free) channel I find. I do not hear any such hum when I use normal FM stations (the test is: turn up the volume and wait for dead air or a quiet passage in the music â€“ hum with the Bodelin no hum on std FM stations).
I have also noticed that lots of static comes through as I drive through the city (Seattle), which also does not happen unless I am tuned to a VERY faint FM station.
I will say that other than the hum and the static your product works great! Any suggestions?
This is a common complaint among FM transmitter owners. Particularly those who live in the city or near broadcast towers. The hum that you hear is caused by the iPods FM transmitter competing with static noise and signal bleed from other stations. Modern stereos use a static damper to reduce the static you hear when tuning your radio. The static is still there but just muted so you don’t blow out your speakers when scanning for stations. You still hear some static but not all of it like when we tuned radios with an analog knob. This dampening feature is great for tuning an FCC regulated station, but hard when trying to find an interference-free station. Car radios further complicate this problem by moving into and out off radio tower range. As a test, find a place you can park for a time. Try to find a place halfway between your most common destinations. Start playing the iPod and slowly change the transmitter frequency. Tune your radio to that station then pause the music and see if it hums. Keep working your way through the available frequencies, making note of the ones with the least hum. When you are done, you just need to choose the best of the best. In my experience, lower frequencies work best.
I hope that works to find an open channel in our over-packed airwaves.
Yesterday I ordered a used Airport card from PowerMax for my G3 iBook 800 MHz running system 10.3.9. I checked for an airport program in my iBook and the only program I have comes up in classic and I can’t open it. I downloaded airport 4.2 but have not installed it because I’m not sure what I need to do.
I know nothing about running an airport card, I just want to be able to connect to the internet when I travel. I’m not even sure if I need a program to use the Airport card. Any help would be appreciated.
There are two sides to wireless Wi-Fi networking (aka Airport). One side is the client card, like your Airport card, and the other side is your network access point. Sometimes coffee shops provide access points or other times there are open public access points. Most often though, you will need to buy an access point and connect it up to your current Internet connection. Apple makes a few access points, of which I would recommend the Airport Express.
If you already have a wireless network that you want to connect to, then you are only a few steps away from getting connected. The Mac OS includes all the software you need to connect to a wireless network as part of the operating system. To activate a new Airport card, go to System Preferences under the blue Apple menu. Next click on “Network” at which point you may be told that a new network connection is available. You will be asked if you want to use it, to which you should accept. You should now see the Airport as an active network connection. Also a new icon will be added to the menu bar next to the clock. It will be a pie shaped icon. Clicking on it will show you a dropdown list of wireless options. Turn on Airport. Then look for networks available to you listed below “Turn Airport Off.” Click once on the network and enter a password if you need to.
I have an old PowerMac 6500/250 that I want to add wireless capability to. The purpose is to share my DSL Internet connection with the older computer over my Airport network. The 6500 has an open PCI slot. Can you recommend a PCI wireless card with good Mac support that will work correctly in my 6500?
I would recommend not using a wireless PCI card. Wireless drivers for OS 9 and earlier versions of the Mac OS are almost non-existent. Instead, I recommend you buy a cheap 10/100 Ethernet card and then use an Ethernet to Wi-Fi adapter to go wireless. Support for an Ethernet card is common in OS 9 and you may already have an Ethernet port. From the Ethernet port you could easily connect a Linksys WET54G Wireless-G Ethernet Bridge. It configures through a standard web browser and works without any drivers installed. I have used this option with great success.
Verizon finally teased us away form high-speed dial up with their $14.95 per month 768Kbps/128Kbps DSL service. What modems/routers would you suggest to us to so we can set up our first wireless SOHO wireless network. We will be using pc laptops a well as a G4 laptop and non-Intel G5 iMac. What software would you suggest for firewall and virus protection? We have a two-story home. Everything has wireless cards except the G5.
Congratulations on getting that high-speed Internet connection. I have been on one every place I have lived since 1998. It may be a little expensive but I would recommend the Apple Airport Base Station. It will be easy to setup and administer from any of your Macs as well as support connections from your PC computers. It will also include two Ethernet ports. One Ethernet port is used for the DSL modem from Verizon. The other port is for the G5 without a wireless card. The Airport Base Station will have a few other features that will be of use. It has a modem in it in case you ever go back to dialup. The modem port could also be used so that you could dial into your home DSL connection when traveling. It will also have an antenna port on it. If you have parts of your house that you do not get any signal then you can add an extra external antenna.
Any Product that is a NAT router will act as a firewall. This includes the Apple Base Station as well as many other home Routers. The PC should have an antivirus but the Macs do not need any additional protection. If the Apple Base Station cost more then you want to spend than I would suggest one from Linksys. The 4-port Wireless G router would be a good fit but harder to configure.
Hi, I have a question about setting up a router so I can use my iBook wirelessly on a Dial-Up connection. I don’t want to pay $200 to get the Airport Extreme base station with antenna and modem. Is there a cheaper system that works like the Airport Extreme that my built in airport on my iBook will pick up so that I can move about my house freely without having to have a cord directly plugged into my computer?
I can understand your reluctance to buy the Airport Base Station. You would only be using one of its features. It would be your only option if there where multiple people in your house wanting to share a Dialup Internet account or if you wanted to print wirelessly, but if you just need to cut the phone cord it would be overkill. What you need is a wireless phone line. Some cordless phones will have modem ports in them but those are hard to find and bulky. Fortunately a company called Nebo Wireless (http://www.nebowireless.com) has just what you need. The Nebo Wireless base unit connects to your home phone line and the receiver unit plugs into your modem and USB port. The USB connection is only for power so there are no drivers. Your computer thinks it is hooked up to a regular phone line. The Nebo Wireless is only $49.99 and can be purchased directly from their site. I have never used this product but it looks to be the best solution for you.
I just purchased a refurb G5 PowerMac and have been told that you can’t add an Airport Extreme card without an Authorized Apple Installer doing the work, but your site says that the Bluetooth/Airport card is simply added to a PCI slot. What is the real story? Isn’t that a huge step backwards for Mac parts to not be user installable? Especially on their pro workhorse.
All the dual-core based PowerMac G5′s use a new combo wireless card instead of the two cards used before. The card is similar to the combo Bluetooth/Airport card found in iBooks. The difference is that the card is attached to an adapter card before it is inserted into the G5. Additionally the two antenna cables have changed to the smaller standard used inside most Apple computers with built-in wireless.
Most people with basic mechanical skills could install this wireless kit into their G5 tower. The reason Apple does not consider it “User Installable” is that it’s a multiple part assembly in a tight space. We sell it because we feel people should have the option of installing it themselves. The only drawback to installing it yourself is that you will lose your Apple warranty on the wireless kit.
The slot that the assembled wireless kit fits into is the same mini PCI slot that Airport Extreme (APX) cards fit into. As a test, I installed an APX card into a dual-core G5 and it worked fine. Unfortunately the built-in cables will not work so you have to use an external antenna and cable.
So if you are confident with your hands, pick up one of those wireless kits.
Planning to add Airport capability to a G4 tower. Attracted to your “Airplug G Wireless USB Adapter 802.11g 54mbps – Airport card replacement!”. Looks like the right way to go with my D-Link DI-624 router. Right?
But had trouble ID-ing the correct driver on the suggested sites. If I were to order it, could you provide a specific URL for downloading that one pertinent file?
The AirPlug is a versatile wireless upgrade. I’ve always been drawn to the USB wireless network devices because it is easy to move them from computer to computer and they will outlast the life of the computer they are initially attached to. The only problem with them has been that most vendors do not support their product’s use on the Mac.
But thanks to the great people over at Ralink Technology, Mac users can use certain USB wireless devices. Ralink makes most of the technology used inside the AirPlug and they try to support every OS they can, unlike the companies they sell to. On the Ralink web site is a huge selection of wireless drivers for many different operating systems.
I do admit that there are almost too many versions of drivers up on the Ralink site. Here are the direct links to the latest files but you should check back to see if there is an update if anything stops working.
It was advised that I buy an Airport Extreme Card A-F8881LL/A-REF for my new wireless service. It arrived but I don’t want to open it until I’m sure that it is 802 11B or 11G compatible as advised by SBC Yahoo. Would you confirm?
That Airport Extreme Card (A-F8881LL/A-REF) is both 802.11b and 802.11g compliant and it will work with any hardware that supports those connections, like your SBC wireless router. Go ahead and open that up. The manual that came with your computer will have excellent instructions on how to install that card. Also Apple will have copies of those instructions at http://www.apple.com/support/manuals/ for you to print out.
Good luck and enjoy the wireless Internet.