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10.3: Airport Extreme and third-party cards on older Macs Network
I don't remember it being mentioned that in addition to generic Linksys PC card 802.11g wireless being supported by Airport software, PCI cards appear to be also supported. I have a Mirror Door dual 1 gig Powermac with 10.2.8 and 10.3.2 on it and Network Preferences -> Airport works quite nicely with the Linksys WMP54G 802.11g PCI card.

The only issue so far is the angle of the antenna is somewhat limited by the deeply inset PCI card ports. Next stop, trying their USB Wireless adapters. My understanding is that OS 9 and pre-10.2.6 would still require 3rd party software if it works at all.
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10.3: Airport Extreme and third-party cards on older Macs
Authored by: mclbruce on Jan 19, '04 12:34:55PM

Cards from many companies will work with OS X, including D-Link, Buffalo, and MacWireless. As far as the clearance problem with antennas on PCI cards goes, Buffalo has a PCI card with an external antenna.

http://www.buffalotech.com/wireless/products/airstation/WLIPCIG54.html

I think a USB wireless adaptor should only be used as a last resort on a Mac. There are many Ethernet to wireless products hout there that will work without requiring any Mac specific drivers. These devices are usually called wireless bridges.



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USB Wireless
Authored by: paulio on Jan 19, '04 02:30:37PM

> I think a USB wireless adaptor should only be used as a last resort on a Mac.

I think a USB wireless adaptor should only be used as a last resort period.



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10.3: Airport Extreme and third-party cards on older Macs
Authored by: sadmac on Jan 19, '04 04:47:14PM
It's my understanding per OS X Hax that Airport 3.1 provided the necessary drivers for running PCI and PCMCIA cards with the Broadcom chip, and that it wasn't necessarily OS dependent. Is this not the case?

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10.3: Airport Extreme and third-party cards on older Macs
Authored by: rlicata on Jan 20, '04 01:12:10AM

I have been using the same Linksys card on my B&W G3 for a few months now. The only problem I have had with the card is that the antenna and the connector that holds it to the card came off! I was able to get the antenna connector to finally stay on after several hours of trying different things. But just a warning: get it in position and never touch it again - too much movement caused mine to come apart.



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