PCI WiFi for a G5?

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    The JTizzle

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    Got a few old G5s here at the office and we want to get them on the wireless network. Can anyone recommend a cheap solution?
     
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    Not sure if we still have the old APE antennas, that why I was looking for a PCI card slot one with a built in antenna
     
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    lateral alternative

    How about a refurbed airport extreme? If your few (three?) computers are close together you could ethernet them to the airport and as a bonus strengthen your network. In the UK the refurbs go for under £100. More wires though I suppose.
     
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    What I have done to get Wi-fi on my G5 is get an Airlink 101 router, and flashed it with DD-WRT.

    Set DD-WRT to Client mode, and set it to connect to the Wi-Fi network. Then I can proceed to connect as many computers as I need to to the Airlink 101, and voila, Wireless-but-wired network :).
     
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    I totally didn't think about the airport extreme trick, we even have a extra one at work. I'm gonna give that a shot tomorrow and see how she works.
     
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    I also use D-Link at the moment.Best solution for me.The model is DWA-140 version B2.It is supported for 10.5 and the utility integrates into system preferences in the other section.Zero issues for a year of use.
     
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    I have a 100% Airport compatible solution in my late 2005 powermac g5:

    I bought a minipcie-to-pcie card with 3 external antennas (15€) and an old broadcom airport card (BCM43xx) (13€). This works absolutely flawlessly in 10.5.8, it doesn't work in 10.4.11, probably a driver issue.
     
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    Is it only that family of broadcom cards that will work, or will the 802.11n BCM94xxx series work as well? I'd like to not limit myself to 802.11g if possible.

    Also, would the Atheros AR5BXB72 (from a MacBook or MacBook pro) do the trick?
     
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    What about a 4x port USB 2.0 hub with a $2 802.11 150mbit/sec wireless card?

    Personally my G5 tower has a very powerful card plugged into a USB expansion card in the back.
     
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    I stuck an old Dynex G PCI card into my 2.0Ghz June 2004 PM G5. It saw it as a third party Aiport card, but it works just fine.
     

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