Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Aussiepaws, Apr 29, 2012.

  1. Aussiepaws macrumors newbie

    Apr 29, 2012
    Hi ... I originally purchased my Mac G4 without the airport card. That was about 6 or 7 years ago. Recently we changed our Cable company and I now have WiFi capability.

    I have also upgraded my computer to 1 GB DDR Ram and am running 10.5.8 on it along with additional external memory. The computer still runs well and now I'm thinking of purchasing an airport card. Would it be worth it or should I save my money purchase a new mac?

    Also should I buy a used airport card or would I be better getting it brand new?

    Thanks in advance
  2. California macrumors 68040


    Aug 21, 2004
    I don't think there is an issue buying a used working Airport card, but i think this would be the original Airport and there might now be connection issues with the newer wifi standards? Not sure, someone else might suggest a USB wifi card instead.
  3. crewkid89 macrumors regular


    Jun 16, 2011
    United States
    I would need more info before being certain, but most of the g4s work with the airport extreme which is wireless g. should have no trouble connecting to any 2.4ghz network. You will need a version of Mac os that supports wpa like tiger to work with newer protected networks.
  4. chibiterasu, Apr 29, 2012
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2012

    chibiterasu macrumors 6502


    Apr 5, 2012
    London, The United Kingdom
    Yes if you tell us your processor speed then that will determine what card you can install (1.0Ghz and 1.25 Ghz 17, the 20inch model and the 1.0Ghz 15inch iMac are Airport extreme the rest are Airport only) if its an iBook G4 then there all Airport extreme. Ive had a few second hand wireless cards and their all still working so I would save the money and go used.
    He's on Leopard so no problems there. The card (Airport or Airport extreme) will both work with your router it will just limit the speed G=54mbps which is Airport extreme and B=11mbps which is Airport. Its all on the 2.4ghz band the only thing is if you have other devices on the same network at the same time say a G or N device then the B will slow the network down just something to think about. Obviously the ethernet at 100mbps will be faster and won't slow any other wireless device down. Just some stuff to think about :)

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