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Improve very poor AirPort card range on G5s Desktop Macs
This is going to be ridiculously simple for many people, but hey, I made this mistake and even Apple Support couldn't figure it out. Plus, documentation at the present time for installing AirPort cards is designed for a replacement card, which misses a vital step.

Anyway, if you have a G5 and have installed an AirPort card yourself, you should know this: Strictly speaking, there are two antennas!
  1. There's the small internal antenna which you must click into the top of the AirPort card inside the Mac -- this bit is well documented.
  2. Your Mac originally came with a T-shaped object, which is the external AirPort antenna designed to overcome the metal casing of your Mac. Plug this into the AirPort port on the rear of the machine, and your range will increase from about 1m to ... well, much, much more. Go look in the box -- it's probably still there!
I hope this saves someone some time; I still can't believe that Apple Support didn't figure this out straight away.
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Improve very poor AirPort card range on G5s
Authored by: Warbrain on Jan 03, '07 07:58:45AM

I remember reading this when the G5 first came out. There should also be a Bluetooth antenna if you had that built-in.



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Improve very poor AirPort card range on G5s
Authored by: nealdd on Jan 03, '07 10:47:34AM

does this go for the iMac G5 ?



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Improve very poor AirPort card range on G5s
Authored by: jiclark on Jan 03, '07 11:08:51AM

> Does this apply to the iMac G5?

I don't believe so; this is primarily because the G5 towers have a thick metal case. In fact, the newer quad-core G5 towers have a built-in antenna and don't require the old t-shaped add-on.



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Improve very poor AirPort card range on G5s
Authored by: nek on Jan 03, '07 12:30:58PM

Many people throw these weird shaped pieces of plastic as unless you read the manual that comes with the G5 you wont know what it is for.



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No, it doesn't
Authored by: edified on Jan 03, '07 02:33:42PM

The iMac G5 doesn't have a metal casing that requires an external antenna. Nor does it have an antenna port for either airport or bluetooth. This hint only applies to G5 Towers (actually it probably applies to all the cheese-grater towers).



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What about the new Mac Pros?
Authored by: Lee_Adama on Jan 03, '07 03:04:36PM
I don't think it applies to all the cheese grater towers, as I thought the bluetooth and airport antennas were built-in in the new towers, and I see no such ports for the external antennas on the Mac Pro's product page at apple.com (http://www.apple.com/macpro/design.html).

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External Antenna For Extreme Base Station Also Works On G5
Authored by: Lee_Adama on Jan 03, '07 01:13:46PM

I don't know if this is "legal" per sey, but I've noticed that my Dr. Bott Omni-Directional antenna for my AirPort Extreme base station not only fits the connector on the outside of my dual G5, but works as well. I never bothered to test the range to see if it improves any because the tower is stationary and I prefer to connect with the Integrated Gigabit port anyway given I have two other computers that also use a gig connection to my gigabit switch.



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Legal?
Authored by: edified on Jan 03, '07 02:27:12PM

That's definitely legal. It's a standard antenna port. Unless you're pushing to much wattage you can plug anything you want into it.



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Improve very poor AirPort card range on G5s
Authored by: KSchlz on Jan 05, '07 11:33:25PM

After I moved to a new flat I thought my card is broken
Now it works
Thanks a bunch
Kay



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Improve very poor AirPort card range on G5s
Authored by: Percolator on Oct 10, '07 11:41:37PM

I want to kiss you!!! (as a friend).

I've been trying to set up a network with 2 G5's, an iBook, an Airport Extreme, and an Airport Express. 4 hours later, I came across your post, and was compelled to register just to reply to it. Yes, it sounds "simple", but I've always wondered what those T-shaped things were for. Once I plugged one in, it worked immedietely. I thought that I had broken the anntenae while installing it! Thanks!!!!



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