2 iMacs, 1 DSL modem. What's the best way to put it 2gether?


macrumors 6502
Original poster
I have a new iMac G5 (woot!). I am giving my G3-400 iMac to my Daughter. I want to connect them wirelessly and access my ISP from the one, wired DSL modem my ISP provides. What equipment must I acquire to make this happen? I m thinking, for the G5, airport express card, but what else will it take? The tech at my ISP tried to tell me that the only thing I need is a wireless router, and some kind of adapter. Are there any websites that I can go to to learn more about this. I tried Apple, but I can't find any useful answers to my questions.


macrumors 68020
Jan 23, 2005
You need:

-Wireless Router (extenders are good if computers are far apart)
-Wireless card (for each computer)

Examples of these are:

-Modem: RCA modem, has lights, plug phone line in, etc... obvious
-Wireless Router: Airport Extreme (AirPort express is a wireless extender and a router)
-Wireless card: AirPort card


Thats it


macrumors regular
Jan 26, 2005
Down Under
you will need airport extreme/airport cards for your macs, a router as well as an ethernet cable to connect your modem to your router.

i would personally go with an airport extreme as your router since it has a usb port for printer sharing, as well as airtunes!


Moderator emeritus
Jun 25, 2002
Gone but not forgotten.
The Belkin 802.11g PCI card that's marked 125 supposedly works because it uses the same Broadcom chipset that Apple uses. It only works at 54 Mbps but that's not really an issue considering that the wireless card for the blue and white only did 11 Mbps.


macrumors 6502a
Dec 6, 2004
Your best bet would be to start with the Airport Extreme card in the G5 and a wireless G router with ports. Place it next to the G3 and hardwire it using ethernet. It'll save you the money of buying the extra wireless card.

Then, if the signal isn't strong enough to the G5, you could buy a range extender OR a wireless card for the G3 and move the wireless router to a more centralized spot in the house.
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