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Ask Max: Getting a G3 tower on a wireless network

Asked on 10/14/2008:

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.

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