Help Please.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by volcomsurf, Aug 4, 2005.

  1. volcomsurf macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I'm new to the Mac world. I purchased a G3 iMac in 2003. I don't have any idea how to connect it to the internet. Do I really need an Airport card just to connect to the internet wirelessly? Or do I need it to. If I need an airport card I might as well just get another computer because I don't feel like spending too much money on this iMac. If I don't need an airport card then what do I need, as in the router and etc. Here are my specifications:

    Memory: 96 MB
    Machine Speed: 333 Mhz
    Bus Speed: 67 Mhz
    Operating System: OS X 10.2 Jaguar

    I'm sorry for posting this again but I am really unhappy at the moment because if its neccessary to get an Airport card and a wireless router then I might as well just sell this because I'm not willing to spend money on a G3 iMac. If its not neccessary please tell me if I do or do not need an Airport card and only a Wireless Router. THANK YOU.
    Thanks. :confused:
     
  2. liketom macrumors 601

    liketom

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    airport is the easy option but you can go ethernet cable to a wi-fi router then out to whatever wireless internet connetion you have

    if you are going to do this avoid d-link routers as i have wasted days trying to get them to work , Belkin work a dream



    hope this helps
     
  3. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

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    Aren't there USB 802.11g cards/sticks? I can't find any at the moment so maybe I'm just making this up. :(
     
  4. liketom macrumors 601

    liketom

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    issues would be drivers though ?

    i think this will work

    IOGear WiFi 54g USB Adapter GWU523 - network adapter
     
  5. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

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    Yeah, I know. At least it's OSX though. :)
     
  6. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    Buy a Mac Mini, or iMac if you can. Between a USB wireless option (if you find one compatible) and a wireless router (Belkin, or LinkSys) its going to have costs nearly $150. Get a Mac Mini (with Airport standard) and a wireless router (combined $600). I wouldn't really bother with that iMac.
     
  7. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

    CanadaRAM

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    You have a choice:

    Your first question is - why do you need wireless?

    The prudent option would be to use a non-Wireless router connected to whatever broadband Internet service you have (Cable or ADSL), and simply run an Ethernet cable from the router to your Mac.

    (You don't even need the router, you can hook the iMac directly to the cable or DSL modem. But a non-wireless router is about $35 and gives you some firewall protection as well as the ability to hook up other Macs and PC's)

    The cable can be routed along baseboards and under carpets. If it is impossible to connect via a physical cable, then I recommend selling off the iMac G3 and going with a modern Mac with a wireless card built in.

    That iMac is severly limited in any case -- if you are keeping it consider upgrading the RAM.
     

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