I have a 2009 Mac Pro with no wireless capability

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  1. macrumors newbie

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    Hi

    I have been given a 2009 Mac Pro with no wireless capability.

    I have a Virgin Media broadband wireless router.

    Is it possible to get this router to connect to my Mac wirelessly (without buying an internal card)?
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    If the Mac Pro has not wireless abilities and you do not want an internal card and you do want a wireless connection, you then need a wireless adapter with a USB interface like this.
     
  3. mooblie, Jun 27, 2013
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    Or something like this:
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Edimax-EW-7416APN-Wireless-Extender-Technology/dp/B001HW0JVU
    ...set up in "AP Client Mode", where it picks up your WiFi signal and is connected to your Mac Pro with a short RJ45 patch lead.

    [​IMG]

    That device will add WiFi capability to ANY wired-Ethernet-capable device, without needing a WiFi dongle and drivers, etc., and the problems that can bring (e.g. also for Smart TVs, etc.)
     
  4. macrumors 601

    brand

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    Thats called a wireless bridge.
     
  5. macrumors 65816

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    installing the internal card takes about 2 minutes and is the most elegant solution. Why dont you want this?
     
  6. macrumors regular

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    On top of that you get Airdrop!
     
  7. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks the for replies everyone!

    I had looked into the internal card a little bit, and read some reports saying that the connection can drop out every now and then, and as the computer will be situated in a room fairly far away from the router I thought external might be the best option?
     
  8. The-Pro, Jul 1, 2013
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    macrumors 65816

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    Never ever had mine drop out in over 3 years. And I am constantly moving files and loading files, so I would notice.
    With an external one you really dont know what quality stuff you are getting it could have some cheap internals, with less range stability etc. Who knows.

    Could I suggest an Airport express for Wifi range extension?
     
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    brand

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    Um, you kind of just did. :p
     
  10. macrumors 65816

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    That was the point my friend ;)
     

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