Cheaper alternatives to airport?

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  1. jadekitty24 macrumors 65816

    jadekitty24

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    I have an iBook G3 @ 800 mhz, 386 ram, and a 30 GB hard-drive running 10.2.8. I currently don't have a wireless card or a base station. I was wondering if there was any cheaper alternatives to Apple's airport. I see the airport express is $130 and the card is $80. First off, is this all I'll need to surf the net wirelessly? Are there any other brands out there? I appreciate any help anyone could give me.
     
  2. mklos macrumors 68000

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    You're pretty much stuck getting an AirPort Wireless Card for your iBook, but something like a Linksys Wireless Router will work great with it. As long as you don't need a modem on it, the Linksys router is your best bet. They're very easy to maintain, and make changes to the configuration.
     
  3. reberto macrumors 65816

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    There are some cheep USB wireless adapters that are great.
     
  4. VanMac macrumors 6502a

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    Linksys WRT54G for a router. Good price, and great little router.
     
  5. mklos macrumors 68000

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    The last USB wireless adapter I had (D-Link USB Wireless Adapter) was absolute CRAP! The software for it was terrible. It crashed OS X almost everyday. I ended up selling it on eBay less than a week after I got it.

    I would stick with the AirPort Card and hardware wireless router. Hardware is almost always better than software based solutions IMO....
     

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