Bugger. Thanks anyways...robbieduncan said:If you bought a Mac Mini without Airport or Bluetooth you need to get the special Airport & Bluetooth module for the Mini and have it installed by a Mac specialist. You cannot use the standard Airport Extreme card that Apple sell: it does not fit.
I'm in the UK, but travel reasonably frequently to the US so getting parts shouldn't be a problem. Pricey though! $140odd plus the Extreme card that I just paid £49 for ($90).stevep said:Thinking about a mini myself, and have done a little research on this very topic.
I'm not sure how easy it is to actually buy the parts needed (where are you??), but if you can get them I don't see why it isn't possible - after all, you can get them added by an Apple techie, and they're only human after all.
As to which parts, the first web site says that you need the standard Airport card - maybe someone else who has actually done this mod can help here.
Please post back if you find out any more info - if I buy a mini I'd probably want to do the same as you
Crazy way to business if you ask me and it's not at all clear (on the UK website at least) that you need to have it BTO or not at all.saunders45 said:Um, yeah... I went through this whole debacle for a switcher friend of mine about 3 weeks ago. Here is what I was told by our apple business account manager, as she was the only one who could actually get us a straight answer.
Apparently, apple stores do not, and never will carry the daughtercard to attach the airport cards to the mac mini mobo. Also, they can't even order them to install for you. I was told that the only hope you have, is basically getting it from a reseller and installing it yourself. Oh, and you have to get the bluetooth also, its integrated on the daughtercard.
As I said, I spent countless hours on the phone with misc. apple reps trying to figure wtf waws going on. We told our buisness rep to put a hold on our xserve order (which rock btw) because the irony is, my switcher friend is also our inventory/acountant who handles all P.O's. Kinda sucked for everyone.
So what we had to do was return his mini, and they shipped him a new one, with the card already installed. It just arrived yesterday. Great, considering we picked up the first on on january 22nd.
Gotta love Apple.
That isn't what Apple appear to be saying. According to both the US and UK Apple Store sites (and numerous Mac sources) Airport can either be bought as a BTO option or subsequently as an add-in through a service agent. The quote is:monty77 said:... and it's not at all clear (on the UK website at least) that you need to have it BTO or not at all....
Oh I see...za9ra22 said:That isn't what Apple appear to be saying. According to both the US and UK Apple Store sites (and numerous Mac sources) Airport can either be bought as a BTO option or subsequently as an add-in through a service agent. The quote is:
Customize your Mac mini with an internal Bluetooth module for wireless access to printers, cell phones, PDAs, input devices and other peripherals. And get ready for the freedom of wireless networking from anywhere in your home or dorm by adding an AirPort Extreme Card. (These options are not user-installable on Mac mini and can be added later only by an authorized service provider.)"
My service provider says he currently does not have the add-in Airport/BT card, but is expecting them.
I don't doubt that at least in part, Apple's motive in respect of the Mini is to keep initial cost as low as possible and subsequent profits from add-ins as high as possible, but since fitting an Airport add-in doesn't look like it would be hard, and that it's entirely possible the modules will appear for sale in places other than authorized providers, even if Apple don't intend for that to be so, it might be worth waiting for some users.monty77 said:Oh I see...
When I read the usual 'authorized dealer' blurb I take that to mean 'it's easy to install, but we want to shaft you financially for the service' .. in this case it would appear some special powers are required, if only to source the parts at a reasonable cost
Anyone know if the iMac is the same deal?
What do you mean wireless by a USB hub? I've yet to find a USB WiFi adapter that works with the Ministevep said:monty77 - I've trawled almost all the web this afternoon on this topic!! Unfortunately without much success. It appears that its possible to buy the bits in the States (at a price), and if you don't mind about the warranty, there's plenty of info on how to take the mini apart and fit them.
My conclusion is that its easier and cheaper to go the BTO route. If you've already bought the mini, external bluetooth and wireless via a usb hub is the easiest alternative.
Thanks for posting this question - it has raised a load of interesting replies, with maybe more to come.
I follow now...bought a Belkin 7 port USB hub to deal with the lack of ports on the Mini - works great.stevep said:Yes, not very clear. The usb hub is needed because you presumably also need to plug in a mouse and k/board. USB bluetooth dongles are ok, but I agree that folks have had 'mixed' results with usb wi-fi on OS X. I'm afraid I've no personal experience of using one on a Mac, but several guys at work use them on pc laptops without problems.
With an iMac or a PM G5 I would just use an ethernet cable, but an Airport makes a bit more sense on a mini - eg using it in the living room, linked to the hi-fi etc. Cuts down on the cabling.
Perhaps these components will start appearing on eBay over the next few months......????
Yes, this does work. Depending on how you want to set it up, you might need an Apple AirPort base for your main wireless base station.jsfpa said:Isn't it possible to use an airport express? I was under the impression you can set up the ethernet port as a LAN. If I'm correct you can just connect to the ethernet port on the Mini. A bit bulky but I think it will work.
Anybody have any experience using an express this way?
The Belkin F5D6050 works smoothly. It's a bit old (802.11b), but fine for home use.monty77 said:What do you mean wireless by a USB hub? I've yet to find a USB WiFi adapter that works with the Mini
Nice and spicy this thread, loads of info
That adapter had issues with OS X. Any version. Kernel Panics, etc.monty77 said:re: The DLink DWL122 adapter problems - the drivers say they're only for OSX 10.2 so maybe there will be an update at some point. I've shot their support an email to see what they say.
I don't have one of these, but by coincidence I was researching these adapters yesterday. Apparently what you want are the v1.7.4 drivers which are meant to be much more stable than earlier ones.monty77 said:re: The DLink DWL122 adapter problems - the drivers say they're only for OSX 10.2 so maybe there will be an update at some point. I've shot their support an email to see what they say.