USB wifi receiver for eMac?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by dopey220, Jan 18, 2007.

  1. dopey220 macrumors 6502


    Jul 19, 2006
    I have an old rev. A eMac, and I want to be able to access the internet wirelessly with it. Problem is, it doesn't have an airport card and eMacs are notoriously tough to upgrade. Would a USB wifi receiver work in place of an Airport card?

    Also: The eMac only has USB 1.1. How much will that effect speed if I go with this solution?
  2. igucl macrumors 6502a

    Oct 11, 2003
    I don't know if things have changed recently, but a couple years ago I tried to help a friend get his iBook to work with a USB wifi dongle, and we failed. The software for Macs just wasn't there, and even though the company (D-Link) offered drivers online, we just couldn't get it to play nice with the Mac.

    You may be better off to look for an AirPort card on eBay or from a MacRumors member. That's what we ended up doing with the iBook. It really is the better way to go. That way you know it will all work like it's designed to. You'll probably end up spending $60-70 for the card. I have no personal experience with taking eMacs apart, but I don't imagine it will be too difficult. Apple's support section of its web site is excellent for step-by-step, illustrated instructions for doing these types of things.
  3. Reflow macrumors 68000


    Mar 30, 2005
    Here is someone selling one for your iMac. I did buy from him before. Great member
  4. Reflow macrumors 68000


    Mar 30, 2005
    Oh crap I thought you had and iMac not an eMac. Sorry for miss leading you
  5. ickystay macrumors regular

    Sep 3, 2006
    Behind the CD door flap is a black panel held on by 2 screws. Remove the screws and the panel and you'll see the airport card slot and antenna wire.
  6. Snide macrumors 6502a


    Apr 12, 2005
    Get An Airport Card And Forget Everything Else!

    Don't waste your time and money on USB dongles, ethernet bridges, ect.
    Original Airport cards consistently sell on Ebay for $50 - $55.
    This really is the best solution, as the eMac has a built-in antenna which plugs
    into the card. Not to mention that it Just Works™...

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