Airport Extreme on a 800mhz imac?

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  1. marknicholls macrumors 6502

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    uh...sorry to say but it is right :( i happen to have the same imac and it only works with a regular airport
     
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    It doesn't even work on my year-old G4 tower...
     
  4. marknicholls thread starter macrumors 6502

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    with it work at all? as just 11mb rather than 54mb or will i have to buy a different card?
     
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    Nope, I don't even think the bugger will fit in the slot. Sorry. :(
     
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    It's not the right card for your iMac. You need an AirPort Card, not an AirPort Extreme Card. The extreme card will not, in any way shape or form, fit into your iMac's AirPort card slot. You must get an original AirPort Card, which operates at 11mb and is compatible with both 11mb and 54mb networks (B & G). Just so you know, this will bring down the speed of the network to 11mb. There is no work around for this.
     
  7. marknicholls thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thats bloody annoying!

    Can anyone confirm exactly what i need to order so i dont make another mistake

    Many Thanks
     
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    If having G speeds on your home network is important to you, I recommend getting one of those wireless-G USB network adapters. They work with Macs.

    The thing is if you have both B and G devices on the same network the whole thing slows down to B. In my house I keep it G only. Although the internet connection itself is much slower than even B, I get better responsiveness online with G.
     
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    Like RBMaraman said, you need an Airport Card. Apple manufactured two different types of cards, an Airport and an Airport Extreme. What you need is an original Airport card. Apple has unfortunately discontinued production, but you can find them on eBay for about $80-$90. They're not really worth that much, but they're a bit rare these days. If you don't want to spend quite that much, you might want to look into a USB dongle wireless... thing... Just head over to your local Best Buy, you'll see what I mean. If you do opt for this solution, don't, I repeat DON'T get a D-Link DWL-122. The connection drops randomly and frequently, and it causes kernel panics when you unplug it.
     
  10. marknicholls thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks Littleodie914

    Can anyone confirm what dongle will work? is it not best to stay with a card that apple have made?

    54MBPS is not important to me - 11mpbs was fine on my powerbook
     
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    I just bought an Airport card for my 800MHZ iMac a month & a half ago at my local Apple Store... They gave no indication they were rare - in fact they just pulled it off the shelf for me...
     
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    Does Apple sell these (AirPort, non Extreme) anymore?

    I just want a rendezvous connection between my iBook and Powermac
     
  14. Rod Rod macrumors 68020

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    Yes... well maybe no

    From this page
    http://www.apple.com/airportextreme/specs.html

    . . . it seems like they sell the original Airport card, because there's a picture of it and this link:
    http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore?partNumber=M7600LL/E

    . . . but when you follow that link all you get is the Apple online store front page.

    The word is Apple still sells Airport cards as service parts and they cost about $120. Go to expercom.com and get one for $79.
     
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    Thanks!
     
  16. jemeinc macrumors 6502a

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    This must be really recent- I just bought an Airport card for $79.00 in late November at an Apple store...
     
  17. marknicholls thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Some peole are telling me i need to buy an airport card and an adapter, and others are telling me i just need the airport card. Can anyone pls clarify what it is i need!!

    Thnx
     
  18. Rod Rod macrumors 68020

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    You lucked out. Most other stores have totally sold out of 802.11b Airport cards long ago.

    You'd need an adapter if you had a CRT iMac. But you have a flat-panel iMac, and you do not need an adapter. The Airport card will fit perfectly fine by itself. Open up the bottom of your iMac and check it out.
     

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