going wireless with my iMac G5?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by brigade, Jan 22, 2006.

  1. brigade macrumors newbie

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    hello all, i have a revision A iMac G5, and i'm in the market for a wireless card. i've looked at the airport extreme, but its only 54 mbps. is there any other wireless card that i should get? i'm at college, so i don't need a router. should i look into getting a USB dongle? i've heard good and bad things about these. any recommended wireless cards would be greatly appreciated. if you could also state why you recommend it (personal experience, etc.) that would be extremely helpful in making my decision. thanks!
     
  2. Peace macrumors P6

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    Until the 802.11n comes out 54Mps is probably the fastest wireless you're gonna get.
     
  3. brigade thread starter macrumors newbie

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    what about any alternatives? and isnt 802.11g supposed to give you faster speeds than 54mbps? PLEASE recommend alternatives.
     
  4. Peace macrumors P6

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    What are you trying to do wirelessly ?
    802.11g IS the fastest wireless standard.
     
  5. jer446 macrumors 6502a

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    but theres super g, which is 108.. a few companies make these///
     
  6. tivoboy macrumors 68030

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    802.11a


    802.11a which is included in the NEW intel IMAC is just as fast, if not faster than 802.11g. Technically, they are both 54 mps spec, but since 802.11a operates on the 5gz spectrum in a normal household there may be less signal degradation and therefore better throughput.

    But, in real world use the range of 802.11a is LESS THAN 802.11g. This simply has to do with the freq. Higher Freq don't travel as well or as far.
     
  7. plinden macrumors 68040

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    Do you need anything faster than 54MB/s? Remember, internet access is usually limited to 1.5MB/s - 3MB/s. Some people get faster, but it's still much less than wireless a/g.

    Unless you're transferring large amounts of data between machines on the same network, wireless a/g is more than sufficient, and there are many more wireless g than wireless a access points.
     
  8. shadowmoses macrumors 68000

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    Wouldnt bother with anything other than the official Apple Airport Extreme card all the Dongle's etc are unreliable for wireless connection.....

    Shadow
     

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