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Help me go wireless!

by skafiend / February 24, 2005 6:28 AM PST

I have an old Powerbook G3 running OS 9.X and would like to be able to take advantage of the wireless hot spot where I work. What do I need to accomplish this with my Powerbook G3? Special cards installed? Airport? Specific software? Or is it even possible to have wireless access with this older version of Powerbook? I spoke with a computer salesman at a local Best Buy and he stated that all I needed was a Linksys wireless network card plugged in the side slot. Could that be true? Or are old Powerbook G3's strictly a plug-in-the-phone-cord operation? Thanks in advance....

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Wireless card for PB G3
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / February 24, 2005 7:22 AM PST
In reply to: Help me go wireless!

Basically the guy at Best Buy was correct. (Wow!) However, you will need to make sure that the PCMCIA (now known as a PC card) wireless card that you purchase, is compatible with OS 9 and the Mac. Farallon make one, or used to, and I found one at ClubMac
Once installed, you just need to configure the Airport software and away you go.

Hope this helps


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Thanks a ton!!!
by skafiend / February 24, 2005 11:02 PM PST

"Hope this helps" is an understatement. Thanks for the quick, clear and concise response. I was contemplating try to buy a new G4 laptop (which is not in my budget right now) but maybe I can get by with this one for now thanks to your advice. One more question: I'm not sure if I even had the Airport software on my laptop. How can I make sure? And if I don't, can a disk be obtained/downloaded?

Again, thanks a lot for the valuable information.

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Airport Software
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / February 24, 2005 11:28 PM PST
In reply to: Thanks a ton!!!

You should be able to download the Airport Software but you may not need it if the card comes with Mac Software


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RE: Airport software
by skafiend / February 25, 2005 2:48 AM PST
In reply to: Airport Software

Cool. Thanks again for the info. This helps SO much...

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