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Old Nov 27, 2009, 12:23 PM   #1
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powermac g5 question

So I just got my dad a powermac g5 dual 2.0 ppc. It doesnt have an airport card installed and I was wondering if anyone has ever installed a linksys or d-link wireless pci card in one? Thanks for info guys!
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Old Nov 27, 2009, 01:13 PM   #2
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No i haven't, at least not on a PowerMac G5. I did do this however on an older PowerMac G3 MT a long time ago. It worked but didn't have that great of a signal, or maybe range?


If you are considering buying one, i would first look into finding an Airport Express card, on LEMswap or maybe even here. I think the G5 will have a better antenna, since it wraps around the case on the inside. I think you should be able to find one cheap enough, i just bought one not long ago for $25.
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Thanks for the info. I might pick up a generic on cheap pci card and try if it doesnt work return it. I don't want to have to run the antena around the case and find a airport card.
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Old Nov 27, 2009, 07:06 PM   #4
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You can use any card that uses a Ralink chip. They do very good 300 Mbit/s cards with MIMO technology and three external antenna on the PCI backplane. You can also get USB 2.0 sticks with 300 Mbit/s technology and extension socket. Those do work almost as well. For the high speed versions it is 25-40€ here in Europe. Ralink provide Mac drivers on their web site. Google for products with their chips inside.

http://www.kab24.de/kabel-adapter/ar...il~wkid~1.html

http://www.heise.de/preisvergleich/a404243.html
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Thank you for the replies. I think what im going to do is move my linksys range extender to where the powermac will be and use the front mount ethernet adapter and have a direct connection. Save some $$
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