Can the TiBook be upgraded to AirPort Extreme?

Discussion in 'Mac Help/Tips' started by Lyle, Jul 9, 2003.

  1. Lyle macrumors 68000

    Lyle

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    OK, so I'm going into "worst case scenario" mode here. Probably the primary thing holding me back on the current revision of the 15" PowerBook is that it has the slower AirPort built in, instead of the AirPort Extreme. Assuming that MWNY comes and goes without an announcement about some kind of update for the TiBook, is there any way to upgrade it to AirPort Extreme?
     
  2. Lyle thread starter macrumors 68000

    Lyle

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    Thanks, vniow! It does sound like I'd be able to swing a PC card and a wireless router for a few hundred bucks extra.

    Just curious: does the built-in AirPort card automatically disable itself or something when you plug in one of these third-party cards?
     
  3. Schiffi macrumors 6502a

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    And another question, will 802.11g stations always be backwards compatible with 802.11b? As much as I would like faster "G"'s the thought of something sticking out of the side of my pBook upsets me. I want to put off a Cardbus solution as soon as possible.
     
  4. tpjunkie macrumors 65816

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    I think that the current specification for 802.11.g includes backwards compatability with 802.11.b
     
  5. mactastic macrumors 68040

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    Is it impossible for someone to make a card that would replace the 'b' card in there currently with a 'g' card? Like is the connection to slow to make it worth doing? And what about combining that with a bluetooth connection too? I'd love to be able to put those in my laptop, and still have the pcmcia card slot still available for photo transfers.
     
  6. Gus macrumors 65816

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    i would think that the main problem in modding the inaards of the PB to fit an AE card would be space. The AE card is shorter and wider than the original style airport card. That and the interfaces are different. I may be wrong, but I think that the AE card is more like a PCI card, and the original card is more like a a PCMCIA card. SOmeone may correct me if they wish.

    Regards,
    Gus
     
  7. StrongGlad macrumors member

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    When Airport Extreme came out, I remember reading that it wasn't possible for Apple to release an AE card that would fit in the older Airport slots because the bus speed of the Airport slot was insufficient to support AE speeds. That makes very little sense to me, however, since the Airport slot looks and acts pretty much like an ordinary PCMCIA slot, and if 3rd-party vendors can make an 802.11g card for the PCMCIA slot, then why not for the Airport Slot? Oh well.

    I would love an 802.11g card for my Pismo, but I just can't stand the thought of having something sticking out the side :p
     
  8. hvfsl macrumors 68000

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    If you have a 15in PowerBook, then you will have to get a pc-card WIFI card (b or g standard). This is because Apples one that can be put in the airport slot does not havea very good range. The titainium is very good at blocking radio signals.
     
  9. gotohamish macrumors 65816

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    That's an interesting thought. It appears to me that the Airport Card is a regular PCMCIA card, but without the head which in third-party cards has the aerial in. Hence the need to plug the aerial in to it when installed IN a Mac.

    So couldn't you buy a regualr PCMCIA 'g' card, take the had off it and install it in the Airport slot?

    To try and answer my own question - In theory yes, but I'm sure if it was that simple Apple would have done it. On the other hand, it does make it more of a perk to upgrading your Mac, which is ultimately what Apple want.
     

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