What is Airport Extreme?

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  1. iModFrenzy macrumors 6502a

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    I found out my PowerBook G4 has a Airport Extreme card, what can I use this for?

    Im new to macs , sorry for my lack of knowledge.:(
     
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  3. MatthewLTL macrumors 68000

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    AirPort Extreme is the name of the Apple wifi cards from Wireless G and up. In PowerPC macs they are a customized version of the PCI interface. All macs that use DDR RAM have AirPort Extreme cards. original AP cards are just called AirPort. They are Wireless B and are a modified version of a PCMCIA/CardBus card.
     
  4. bunnspecial macrumors 603

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    All MDD and MDD2003 models have DDR RAM and use Airport cards.
     
  5. poiihy macrumors 68020

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    Atatched is photo of Airport and Airport Extreme card from mac forums.
     

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  6. MatthewLTL macrumors 68000

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    not mine. Mine uses AirPort Extreme
     
  7. bunnspecial macrumors 603

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    That's because you have a FW800 MDD.

    The original MDD and MDD2003 use Airport cards-I have a closet full of these computers, and can say with 100% confidence that they require an Airport card.
     
  8. redheeler macrumors 603

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    Yup, classic AirPort card in mine.
     
  9. roadbloc macrumors G3

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    Just recently fitted an AirPort card into my iMac G4 after 12 years of using Ethernet. Works better than I thought.
     
  10. MatthewLTL macrumors 68000

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    I need to buy new AirPort cards for my macs. Have to rig up antennas first though
     
  11. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    Why would you need to "rig up antennas"?
    Any PowerMac, including the eMacs, came with an antenna, even if no Airport card has ever been installed. Just attach the antenna cable to the Airport card when you install it.
     
  12. MatthewLTL macrumors 68000

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    As i have stated in other posts (which you may not have read), the MC Card connector for the eMac is broken. Plugging it into a AirPort Extreme would do no good. I either need to replace the MC Card connector or use a MC Card antenna. My FW800 MDD i ripped out the internal AirPort and Bluetooth a ntenna in favor of a custom setup. The MDDs internal antennas were only giving me a connection speed of 24Mbps. I bought a MC Card to RP-SMA adaptor (Which i have) but when my AirPort card died i used a PCI Card. Before the AirPort died I had a RP-SMA antenna hooked up by addinf a 3FT SMA extension to the end of the MC Card to SMA adaptor than I ran that extension out the back where the Modem port was and hooked up a regular RP-SMA antenna. This gave me a stronger and better signal.
     

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