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Install a PCI wireless card in non-AirPort-ready Macs System
I found a forum discussion last week in which a poster claimed success with installing a PCI wireless card. I have been on the hunt for such a beast for quite some time. I found that my local Comp-USA had the card (a Buffalo WLI-PCI-G54) in stock for $80.00 and it's 802.11a/g to boot.

Two hours later, I had my door stop Blue and White acting as my router/firewall and media/file server. The new interface is four times the speed of my old D-Link access point connected to my 802.11b Powerbook -- I could never get over 1MB/sec with the D-Link. I added a Tulip NIC that I had laying around, and had previously been proven compatible with OS X. Now I have two private subnets (one wired, one wireless), and all with hardly a visit to Terminal.app (at least until I started messing with firewall rules and IPSec).

The only caveat is that you must be running the latest AirPort software (and probably 10.2.6 as well) or it won't recognize the card. Let's recycle some of those old PCI Macs!

[robg adds: A previous hint provides some additional resources.]
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Install a PCI wireless card in non-AirPort-ready Macs
Authored by: david-bo on Sep 03, '03 01:20:44PM

I want to use my Powerbook G3 (pismo) for a similar purpose, are there any PC-cards that supports 802.11g that works with Mac OS X?

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Install a PCI wireless card in non-AirPort-ready Macs
Authored by: rmiller021 on Sep 03, '03 04:19:16PM

Apple Supports only their own Airport Extreme cards.

But

Any Broadcom-based PCI or card cus card will work.

Check out http://www.osxhax.com

Look around the forums for cards that are known to work.

I am using a Belkin 54g card bus card on my Powerbook G4 right now.



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Install a PCI wireless card in non-AirPort-ready Macs
Authored by: david-bo on Sep 03, '03 06:04:57PM

Couldn't (easily..;-) find anything there, do you know some cards I should look for? Any list available of compatible cards?

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Install a PCI wireless card in non-AirPort-ready Macs
Authored by: haumann on Sep 03, '03 05:37:15PM

OWC (OtherWorld Computers) is currently selling an external (PMCIA) card that is 802.11g compliant for $49. With OS X (v10.2.6) and the latest Airport software, it is absolutely plug-and-play in my Pismo.



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There was an article about PCMCIA cards at
Authored by: UweK on Sep 04, '03 06:07:51AM

http://www.apfelgeruechte.de/ today. Just read it half an hour ago. May this helps you with your request.



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Install a PCI wireless card in non-AirPort-ready Macs
Authored by: mrgerbek on Sep 03, '03 02:47:59PM

Doorstop B&W? That's my main computer :(

However, I like this idea a lot. It would cut out the need for a router and the base station, freeing up 2 outlets. I've got a graphite base station that's makes life difficult for setting up mail/file server access from the outside. I suppose there are some security advantages..

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Heads up on Biege G3s...
Authored by: paulio on Sep 03, '03 05:02:15PM

Be aware that a wireless card in the PCI slot will NOT work with the Biege G3s. It has to do with the PCI version that the Biege G3s support. I can't remember the details, but I think that they support PCI 1.0 and the wireless cards require PCI 1.1



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Wrong.
Authored by: RodK on Sep 03, '03 07:32:10PM

I've been doing it for months.



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This might depend on the Revision of your G3.
Authored by: UweK on Sep 04, '03 06:15:00AM

Maybe Revisions A only are PCI 1.0 compatible and only the later revisions are 1.1 ?

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Full speed ahead on a Beige G3!!!
Authored by: RodK on Sep 03, '03 07:26:06PM

I'm using the LinkSys WMP54G PCI card in a 300MHZ Beige G3 without single hitch. Good to go right out of the box!

Be sure you know of what you speak.



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Will it work on a G4 dual 533?
Authored by: mannikin on Nov 07, '03 02:53:19PM

Hi;

This is great. Did you have to install any drivers for the mac to use the Linksys card? I had heard that Linksys cards were incompatible with Apple chips. I guess your success proves that wrong! I love to be able to use a Linksys card, since my wireless router is also Linksys.

J.



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Full speed ahead on a Beige G3!!!
Authored by: mikeburns on Dec 31, '04 03:22:18PM

Which operating system are you running?
Does it work in Classic or Mac OS 9.2.2?



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Install a PCI wireless card in non-AirPort-ready Macs
Authored by: Çelçiüsº on Sep 03, '03 10:24:16PM

I've been tied to an ethernet cable since the OSX beta made my Skyline PCI card unusable on my trusty G3 AIO. I installed a Linksys WMP54G Wireless-G PCI Adapter (about $60) and got full Airport 802.11g functionality. Internet sharing both to and from wireless, Create Networks, even the signal strength menu icon. Configuration from the Airport tab in the Network Preference Panel. It all worked right out of the box with OS 10.2.7. Not waiting for those long-promised Skyline drivers anymore.



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Install a PCI wireless card in non-AirPort-ready Macs
Authored by: sbp on Oct 24, '03 11:48:07PM

Looks like it depends on your rev of Beige G3.

This link is for a PCI 802.11 product and they have a list of systems that don't work with the wireless PCI card:

http://www.devdepot.com/description.html?PCODE=HMWPCI

and how to tell if your system is on the list.

I was unable to get a 10/100 Asante card to work in my Beige G3, and there it is in the list of non-working system.

- Steve



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