View Full Version : Power Mac G4 Wireless Help

Aug 21, 2008, 03:27 PM
My father just gave me a Power Mac G4, but it doesnt have a wireless card. I know that the Apple Airport cards work but I was wondering if there was anything cheaper than the 60-100$ I would have to pay for one of these.

Earl Urly
Aug 21, 2008, 05:18 PM
There is a card on NewEgg that costs only $27 with shipping:


Read the reviews and there's one G4 owner who says it works with a $15 driver you can get here


The driver is better than Apples because it lets you access stuff like fine tuning the transmit power, things you usually only get when you work with it on a PC

Aug 21, 2008, 06:20 PM
Keep an eye out for a Asus PCI WL-138G. (http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&client=safari&rls=en-us&q=Asus+PCI+WL-138G+powermac&btnG=Search) It reputably works natively (no drivers).

Aug 22, 2008, 05:34 AM
I picked up the Asus WL-138G V2 for less than US$20 today for my MDD G4 PM.


I will confirm that it works or otherwise in a day or two.

Aug 22, 2008, 08:43 PM
The Asus WL-138G Mk 2 PCI card worked flawlessly in my MDD. Exactly like an Airport card.

Aug 23, 2008, 04:43 PM
The D-Link DWL-122 usb adapter will work with any PPC mac and it's usually pretty cheap (like $10-20 used). :)

Earl Urly
Aug 25, 2008, 01:17 PM
The Asus WL-138G Mk 2 PCI card worked flawlessly in my MDD. Exactly like an Airport card.

Thanks for confirming this, I had seen it mentioned working for hackintoshes but if it should work for them it should work for a PPC as well

Earl Urly
Jan 17, 2009, 06:07 PM
I can confirm the Asus works just fine in a DP500 G4 Gigabit Ethernet model running 10.5.6. Card is recognized as a third party adapter in System Profiler

Get a beefier antenna than the droopy 2 db antenna it comes with though

Jan 18, 2009, 12:17 AM
The original airport cards have come down in price. Where do you see them still selling for $60-$100??? They can be had for $30 now a days. But getting any of the other options can get you a G speed card as the original AP was only 802.11b.