I need some help please...

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by JKAZRich, Oct 25, 2005.

  1. JKAZRich macrumors newbie

    JKAZRich

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    :eek: I currently have my iMac G3, running 10.3.9 and using Safari to surf the net. I have cable internet service with ethernet connection. I want to add my daughters iMac also a G3 running 10.3.9 and Safari, to the internet same service. After going to Circuit City and ebay, and looking at my options, I'm not sure if I should stick with apple products or go with another one? I DO NOT have any airport cards in the computers, and they don't look airport ready either.

    Option one: Buy original airport cards with adapters ($150.00+ each) and an Apple Base Station or Apple Express or Apple Extreme? Major $$$

    Option two: Buy USB Adapters ($50 each) (seen on ebay) and Apple Base Station or Apple Express or Apple Extreme? Medium $$$

    Option three: Buy USB Adapters ($50 each), and a wireless D-Link, Linksys, Netgear or Belkin (Circuit City offering rebates on D-Link and Linksys) Lowest $$$ Which wireless router is better? Do they work with Safari??

    The more I see the more I can't decide, I want a reliable problem free solution. Does anyone have suggestions??:confused:
     
  2. gwuMACaddict macrumors 68040

    gwuMACaddict

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    buy a cheap router and run ethernet cable? does it have to be wireless?
     
  3. JKAZRich thread starter macrumors newbie

    JKAZRich

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    Ethernet cable...

    Where can I locate the cable (about 25 feet worth) and connectors?? My computer is located downstairs and my daughter's in her room upstairs, plus getting thru the interior walls and floor?? Any suggestions there?? :( I'm handy, but I don't want to mess the walls up or trip over cable ( got a 7 yr old too ), I'm also moving at the end of the year. :)
     
  4. jsw Moderator emeritus

    jsw

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    I'm not sure what you'll ultimately decide, but my iMac G4 (which has an AirPort, but I wanted 802.11g speeds as opposed to 802.11b) is connected via a very short Ethernet cable to an AirPort Express, which is then wirelessly connected to another Airport Express (previously, a Linksys WRT54G).

    Works very well, not phenomenally cheap, though. I KNOW this works with AEs, don't know how other wireless adapters would work.

    And this setup will work when you move, too. :)
     

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