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canthatenuff
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:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833156165

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

http://www.orangeware.com/endusers/wirelessformac.html

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

quasinormal
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).

quasinormal
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.

http://www.xlr8yourmac.com/archives/dec06/120406.html#S22082

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

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

disconap
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

OrangeSVTguy
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.