iBook G3 and AirPort Extreme?

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  1. SkyBell macrumors 604

    SkyBell

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    Quick question- will this model of iBook G3 work with an AirPort Extreme card, or do i have to get the original AirPort card?
     
  2. mick4394 macrumors 6502a

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    There are no G3 iBooks that will accept an Airport Extreme card. Sorry, you're stuck with 802.11b.
     
  3. SkyBell thread starter macrumors 604

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    Yeah, but what card would that take? or am I missing something cleraly obvious?
     
  4. panoz7 macrumors 6502a

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    G3 iBooks only take the original 802.11b airport card. G4 iBooks take the newer 802.11G airport extreme card.

    You should be able to find an original card for around $80 or so on eBay. It seems like alot of money for old tech but there aren't really any alternatives.
     
  5. mick4394 macrumors 6502a

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    The original Airport. You were on the right track.
     
  6. sturigdson macrumors regular

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    Hey Cassie, it's not terribly obvious, actually. It can get confusing because the term "Airport" can sometimes be used interchangably between the original and the Extreme. Here's two ebay sales, purely for the purpose of demonstrating the differences between them:
    The first, the "original" Airport card, which is compatible with the G3 ibooks:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Airport-Card-make-your-iBook-wireless_W0QQitemZ150093012345QQihZ005QQcategoryZ80060QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

    The second, the Airport Extreme card, that is NOT compatible with the G3s:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Airport-Extreme-Card-brand-new_W0QQitemZ270092351559QQihZ017QQcategoryZ86701QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

    [Note: I don't know anything about either of those sellers or auctions- they just came up when I searched in ebay.]

    Basically, when you go on the hunt for the card, most places will refer to the "original" Airport card.
     
  7. SkyBell thread starter macrumors 604

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    I see. Are there any CHEAPER alternitives fo wireless?:rolleyes:
     
  8. tdhurst macrumors 68040

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    Nope

    You can get a cheaper but seldom reliable USB wireless dongle, but I wouldn't recommend it. I've tried a couple and they were terrible.
     
  9. SkyBell thread starter macrumors 604

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    Well, seeing as to how they are $20 on eBay, I guess I'll try them out anyway...
     
  10. tdhurst macrumors 68040

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    Yeah...

    You're throwing your money away...
     
  11. princealfie macrumors 68030

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    Just spend the extra to get the original Airport card. I am using it right now in my Pismo G3 very well!
     

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