iMac G4: Get old Airport card or USB dongle to join a 802.11g network?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by fireworks501, Oct 6, 2009.

  1. macrumors member

    Mar 16, 2006
    Hi guys,

    Running an 802.11g network and got an old iMac G4 800 w/o wireless that I'd like to get online for music streaming.

    Do you suggest I get a USB wifi adapter or an old Airport card for it?
    If so, which ones are cheap + reliable?

    Have read some bad reviews re: connection strength with USB dongles, but since the Airport card would only be 802.11b...

    Thoughts and recommendations? Not sure which to buy.

  2. macrumors 65832


    Jan 13, 2004
    Virginia, United States (Kansan in exile)
    Not sure about a USB dongle, but I do know that original Airport cards have historically been very rare, and many times very expensive. I picked one up a few years ago to stick in an iBook G3 and paid over US$100 for it. Of course, that was when there were still machines that could run the latest version of OS X and needed an original card.

    Also, if you use an 802.11b device on a 802.11g network, it will slow down throughput on the entire network.

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