difference in old airport models?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by salonduza, Oct 7, 2004.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    I am in the market for an airport card for my Pismo.
    Is there difference in old airport models?
    There seem to be 2 versions...

    Thanks in advance for any help.
    -sal
     
  2. emw
    macrumors G4

    emw

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    #2
    The original Airport card, which is discontinued, is 802.11b.

    The new Airport Extreme card, is 802.11g.

    To be honest, I'm pretty sure neither will work in a Pismo, since they are not PCMCIA cards, but I may be wrong. You may be better off with something from Linksys or Netgear.
     
  3. macrumors member

    WCat

    #3
    I'm pretty sure you'll need to buy a 3rd-party PCMCIA 802.11b or 11g card. Here are a few links I Googled:

    http://www.wi-fitechnology.com/viewthread175.html
    http://www.macsense.com/product/broadband/aerouni_b.html
    http://home.earthlink.net/~kjvann/

    My suggestion: if you are running the most current OS X, Apple now has built-in support for a number of 3rd-party 11b and 11g cards without doing anything else. No drivers to load. My favorite is the Belkin 54g card (note: it may be CardBus only--don't have it with me and I don't recall if yours will do CardBus or not). It's only $39.95. You can also use Lucent cards and a few others.

    Cheers,

    WCat
     
  4. mms
    macrumors 6502a

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    Actually, the Pismo was the first Apple computer to come Airport-ready, or able to take an internal wireless card (and way back in 2000, too!). However, I don't think that it works with the Airport Extreme cards, so you would probably have to find an old Airport card. Otherwise, a PCMCIA card will work just fine, just externally.

    Try asking for information on the G-Books mailing list.
    http://lowendmac.com/lists/g-books.html
     
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    #5
    mis-worded

    Actually, what I meant was, there seems to be a "Rev A" and a "Rev B" type of situation with the cards - where one was an update of the first generation. Perhaps it has something to do with 64 vs. 128 security?




    P.S. Apple even has a movie about how to install.
    http://www.info.apple.com/usen/cip/html/pbfw/pbfw-apc-cip-hi.mov.html
     

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