iMac G3 (slot-load) 500 mhz - Airport card cannot connect to DIR-655

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by vittimac, Jun 11, 2009.

  1. vittimac macrumors newbie

    Apr 4, 2009
    Hi :)

    A friend of mine gave me a iMac a couple of weeks ago. i upgraded the RAM to 1GB and I bought a Airiport Card (802.11b)
    I plugged in the card and attached the antenna to the card and tuned on the mac. But when i try to find a wifi network (mine for example) it won't connect. Im using a DIR-655 Dlink router. i have mixed mode emabled (802.11b/g/n) and WPA-Personal Encryption (AES Cypher)

    Why is it not connecting?

    PS the message i get when i connect is "There was an error connecting to network [network name]"

  2. 007bond macrumors 6502a


    Dec 12, 2008
    DFW, Texas
    is that the only device connecting to the router. if so, disable 802.11g/n. if you have to connect other devices that are 802.11g then disable n but keep b/g. i think the 802.11n is the problem. also, disable WPA and enable WEP b/c the old chip may not support WPA. hope this helps!!
  3. vittimac thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 4, 2009
    I will try your suggestions there. I hope this doesn't solve the problem because i do use n (macbook pro)
  4. vittimac thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 4, 2009
    Well it looks like worst case scenario has happened. It seems that the network is working if i put the router in mixed mode b/g and if i disable encryption. but if enable encryption the mac will not connect. I hope i don't have to to leave the network open. I could create a subnet so the the DHCP will only except 16 host IP's but don't have that many PC's/wireless devices.

    Any who, thank you for the fix there 007 :) i'll have to find out if the airport card is out of date (which i don't think it is [9.5x] but the software might be out of date. (BTW the encryption is obviously WEP but i know iMac G3 supports WEP so why is it still not working???)
  5. CubeHacker macrumors 65816


    Apr 22, 2003
    I can't say for certain why its not working, but I do know that original Airport cards support WPA just fine. Original WPA, not WPA2, and I believe it must be running in TPIK.

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