External airport?

cmm

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Does Mac make an external airport card? Or is there something similiar that will work like airport?
 

yellow

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No they do not. They only make internals.
Not sure if 3rd party USB wifi cards will work or not.
Check out Linksys and NetGear sites for compatability.
 

cmm

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Damn how much would the apple store charge to put one in?
 

yellow

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Depends on which model Mac you have. Some of them you can put in yourself. Otherwise, I have no idea what they charge in labor. $60 an hour? No idea.
 

yellow

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I don't believe the mini is considered to have "User installable" options, so I suspect that you'd have to get an Apple Certified Technician to do it. Otherwide, I'd just google for options on how to do it yourself.
 

cmm

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60 an hour...jeeze. Let me ask about an external one I can buy. Linksys doesn't seem to cooperate.

I thought if you bought the item there, it was done for free.
 

yellow

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$60 an hour was just a guess. I have no idea what they charge. I'm fairly certain if you buy the product you still have to pay labor for installation.
 

cmm

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I guess I'll call them if I can't find a USB or firewire external card.
 

dkozi

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external options

i've just gone through a similar issue, and the only solution would be one of the many usb 'dongles' on the market today. that said, be careful which one you buy. very few (almost none current) offer mac drivers with the package, as mac support is still limited in this field.
there are third party drivers available but you gotta do a little research and digging. the problem seems to be with the number of options of 'chipsets' on the market, and their usage by the wireless manufacturers. if they could stay consistent with one brand of chipset things wouldn't be so complicated, but they seem to switch between chip makers adhoc.
this is what i can suggest to get you going in the right direction:
1) google for the major chip makers and see if they offer mac drivers - atheros; available for cards but not dongles, through 'orangeware'
check out http://atheros.rapla.net for devices
ralink; available for dongles but finicky to set-up
check out http://ralink.rapla.net for devices
broadcom; used by mac but few dongles available
check out http://broadcom.rapla.net for devices

and lastly, be careful when making the purchase, and choose the one with the right hardware version - as i said before, the device makers switch chipsets within a product line, and only change the hardware version number - all else looks the same.
good luck and happy wireless surfing!