PCI wifi card in a Power Macintosh 8600?

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  1. tevion5 macrumors 68000

    tevion5

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    I was looking for something else on eBay when I stumbled upon this:

    http://bit.ly/1ks5sI8

    It claims to be an airport compatible PCI card and compatibility with a range of models including my 8600, listed in the description.

    Legit or not? Also, OSX only, or could this thing work off the bat with OS9 by just popping it in?

    Never heard of such a card for the 8600 before. I always thought wifi was a no go with pre airport/usb macs running OS9.
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

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    The only WiFi for OS 9 is with the Apple Airport B card. You can use that in your 8600, but it'll only work with OS X. I think only 10.3 and newer.
     
  3. MacTech68 macrumors 68000

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    AFAIK there is no direct support for PCI 802.11g in OS9

    Better option would be a wireless to ethernet bridge.
     
  4. WMD macrumors regular

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    Not quite; there was an Orinoco driver for 8.1+ that supported several cards. That was probably only 11b, though... maybe even only PCMCIA. (I recall it supporting at least one Dell-branded card, the TrueMobile 1150).

    I have to wonder, though, why this eBay page says OS X compatible at one point and then lists a bunch of models that can't run OS X without hacks.
     
  5. tevion5 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Exactly, that's what caught my attention at all.
     
  6. Intell macrumors P6

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    Orinoco cards are Airport B cards with a different picture on them. Orinoco is one of the brand names the actual Lucent card was sold under in addition to Apple's Airport.
     
  7. MacTech68 macrumors 68000

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    And the Sony PCWA-C150S which looks exactly like an Apple Airport 802.11b card with an antenna plugged into it.
     

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