Gigabit ethernet on G4 Cube

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by potatis, Oct 17, 2011.

  1. potatis macrumors 6502a

    potatis

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    How do you identify gigabit ethernet models of the G4 cube?
    I was thinking of using one as fileserver, but on a 200mbit connection I assume the speed will be cut in half with a 10/100 ethernet port?
     
  2. mike457 macrumors 6502

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    My understanding is that only a handful of Cubes were manufactured with a gigabit card, and then only as a prototype. Way back when, on Cubeowner, I heard of a couple. I don't fancy your chances of finding one.
     
  3. zen.state macrumors 68020

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    A cube is pretty much the most impractical Mac possible to use as a file server. Bad bad choice.
     
  4. wrinkster22 macrumors 68030

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    Sorry to say this but most if not any will have gigabit. Ideally the cube is not a server. Perhaps you could sell this and use the money to buy a more suitable one. If you have your heart set on it I am sure if you are really confident in your DIY there is some sort of MOD. Look it, I use a usb dongle for my macbook air that is 10/100 or whatever and it is really quite fast.
     
  5. potatis thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    According to apple-history.com Gigabit ethernet was BTO from Apple Online Store, so it couldn't be that uncommon?
     
  6. zen.state macrumors 68020

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    The most uncommon thing here is that you have chosen the least practical Mac ever made to use as a file server. The aesthetics of the Cube will do nothing to help anything but your eyes and you will be handed a whole list of limitations that come with it. This is the side of the Mac community I have never liked. Regardless of how pretty a plastic box is you still need to use it as a tool.

    You would honestly be better off just buying a big external HD. I recommend you get a high res pic of a Cube printed for your wall and buy a Powermac G4 for a file server. It will be half the cost or less and far far far more practical. The Cube is a gimmick product. Period.
     
  7. potatis thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ok maybe file server is the wrong word. I need something not too big, fanless, to download lots of files, and I'm not sure a NAS with bitTorrent is easy enough to manage. The Cube would also be used to feed files to the AppleTV.
     

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