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Ask Max: Airport on a G3 iBook

Asked on 05/26/2006:

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.

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