Making my old macpro wireless?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by jrm27, Oct 29, 2012.

  1. jrm27 macrumors 6502

    Jan 3, 2008
    Hello all,

    I've got an old MacPro that I use for graphics and video editing from time to time. It's old enough that it didn't come with an airport card. I'd like to make it wireless capable. Any ideas?

    Ideally, I just want to create an ad-hoc network between it and a WDTVLive or an apple TV and stream to my TV. How would I go about doing this? Any ideas? Thanks!

  2. hfg macrumors 68040


    Dec 1, 2006
    Cedar Rapids, IA. USA
    I don't know what the availability of the old airport cards is, but you might search on eBay for them. I think the wiring and antennas were in all models, so all you should need is the plug in card.

    Next solution would be a USB WiFi unit or a PCI WiFi card. It might be wise to select a unit with an external antenna (on a cable) so you can position it for best range (location might not be the best with antenna down near floor behind big metal computer :) ).
  3. snberk103 macrumors 603

    Oct 22, 2007
    An Island in the Salish Sea
    What about an Airport Express from the Refurb store? Then just connect it with ethernet. The advantage is that you can reuse the AE unit if/when you retire the Mac Pro.
  4. CASLondon macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2011
    Is it intel or are you talking Power PC?

    I agree an airport express would be useful. If you want to spend less you can look at
  5. jrm27 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 3, 2008
    It's an intel mac, so hopefully that makes things easier.

    Would there be any difference in implementation if I'm not looking to access the internet? Instead, just trying to network a computer to an apple TV to access my media?
  6. CASLondon macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2011
    I'm sure you can make it wireless, but to stream media in my house I decided wired was better for HD stuff, esp since I have wifi drop outs from my office.

    I use ethernet out>powerline adapter<powerline adapter<house wifi/modem, and another powerline adapter direct into the tv
  7. spyguy10709 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 5, 2010
    One Infinite Loop, Cupertino CA
    Powerline =/= wireless N, buddy.

    Just get a cheap USB mac supported (!!!) wifi card. look on eBay tbh - the best place for things like that. Don't bother with an APX card, not worth the $

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