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Wireless networking for non-Airport PowerBooks Network
This is a set of directions for anyone wanting to set up a wireless network which includes non-Aiport PowerBooks (Note: this works for any PowerBook with CardBus). Instructions:
  1. Check the FAQ on to find a PC Card for the PowerBook
  2. Get an 802.11b WiFi certified base station and configure it to share your Internet connection --or-- put an Airport card in an available Internet-wired desktop and configure it to share the connection using the Airport card (in System Preferences under Sharing in the Internet tab).
  3. Install the driver from the sourceforge site on the PowerBook and install the PC Card
  4. Configure the PowerBook to connect via Airport using DHCP
You should now have your wireless network working.

[Editor's note: I haven't tested these instructions myself ... we've run other hints pointing at the sourceforge project site, but not with a set of instructions on how to use it.]
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ummm, what about all the stuff you didn't mention?
Authored by: perdedor on Oct 29, '02 12:04:37PM

I\'m not sure if they fixed it yet or not since I\'ve moved on from my lombard/orinoco gold to an ibook, but you used to have to run the installer twice as it would crash/fail (don\'t remember which) on the initial run through.

you also don\'t need to reinstall the driver if you switch cards, I have 3 orinoco silvers, a gold, and a linksys wpc-11 pcmcia 802.11b card all of which could be intermixed under the unified sourceforge driver. however you couldn\'t hot, or even sleep swap the cards out, machine had to be powered off for card/removal, unless you like kernel panics of course.

once inserted on boot and powered up each card setup a new enX interface for itself (ie en1 was the 1st card I used, en2 the 2nd... en4 the 4th). You also need to actually configure the card in System Preferences/Networking and I don\'t believe the Airport software works at all in OSX for 3rd party cards which is why the sf driver includes a prefpane for selecting the SSID (ie name of the network you want to join) setting WEP key(s) (ie password for the network), as well as a visual strength indicator, and a bundled application for singal/noise ratio and a menubar option for quick visual signal strength indication.

you also should enable a dhcp server on your router/gateway if you\'re expecting to get server an IP off dhcp and there\'s not an existing one setup on your network.

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ummm, what about all the stuff you didn't mention?
Authored by: brianw on Oct 29, '02 11:20:53PM

Perdedor: they did fix the kernel panic problems with the latest beta. I can sleep-swap my WaveLAN Silver card with no problem whatsoever on my Ti.

The "double install" bug still exists, though. The first install seems to be successful but then the "en1" setting won't appear in the System Prefs. After a second (or sometimes third) install, it'll just "take"... most users on the driver mailing list have no trouble after that.

Apple's Airport utilities do not work with 3rd party cards in X, and neither do some Airport-specific utilities like MacStumbler. Supposedly one can use NetStumbler or other unix variants of 802.11b utilities if necessary. But for day to day internet access, the wireless driver is a lifesaver and it works fantastically well.

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ummm, what about all the stuff you didn't mention?
Authored by: Morgoth on Oct 30, '02 05:00:28PM

DHCP is built into Jaguar.

I did leave a lot of detail out. Most of it was painful detail. I certainly should have mentioned that the wireless card would show up as "Ethernet Adapter (enX)" where X is a number. This appears under the "Show:" drop box in the "Network" PrefPane. I realized, after I had submitted, that my hint wasn't terribly clear.

I hope this clarifies things.

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