Need to add an iMac to Linksys 802.11b network

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by TekilaGold, Sep 7, 2003.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Sep 7, 2003
    Hi there,
    I currently have wireless network set up to enable 2 win based computers to share a DSL connection. The router I am using is the Linksys BEFW11S4.
    I recently purchased an iMac and would like to connect it to the network too. I have read through the threads and it seems to be a relatively simple thing to do.
    The piece of info I can't seem to find is what hardware would be best to get for the iMac to accomplish this? Should I get the Linksys WAP11, and if so would the iMac recognize the hardware - or should I get a Mac airport card, and if so, once that's installed how would I get it to find the network?
    I'm new both to networks and Macs and would really appreciate any help.
  2. Moderator emeritus

    Mr. Anderson

    Nov 1, 2001
    Does your linksys let you connect ethernet cables to it directly? If so, its just a matter of hooking up the cables and selecting the right config in the system prefs. That way you don't have to go out and get more hardware.

  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 7, 2003
    It looks as if I could connect 3 more devices to it (4 in total), but the computer connected to the router is in a diffent room, so it would take quite a bit of cable to connect that way. I think I would still prefer to go the wireless route, but thanks for the idea.
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 11, 2002
    Charlotte, NC
    I would get the Airport as my first choice just because it can be installed internally. The LinkSys WUSB11 or simular device would also work. These are wireless adapters that plug into a USB port. The ones I've look at are pretty simple and straight forward to set up.
  5. macrumors 68030


    Dec 7, 2002
    Florida, USA
    Airport cards are the only internal cards for the iMac, which arent a bad deal. They can be had for as little as $70 from sites like
  6. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 7, 2003
    Thank you, Fender2112 and crazzyeddie. It sounds like the Airport card is the one. I will try to install one tomorrow.

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