WI-FI using G3 Pismo

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by oaklad, Jan 31, 2006.

  1. oaklad macrumors newbie

    Jan 20, 2006
    Oakland, CA
    I just bought a used G3 Pismo PowerBook which has no AirPort Card. I am told that to use a wi-fi cafe I should use a PC USB WI-FI dongle rather than pay $100-130 on eBay for the original AirPort card.

    Can anyone offer any suggestions and if this is the correct way to go?

    I am quite new at the game.

    Both OS 9 and OS 10.3 are installed.
  2. blackfox macrumors 65816


    Feb 18, 2003
    I believe you can use any PC pcmcia card/cardbus card with a certain chipset.

    Unfortunately, I have forgotten the name of said chipset:eek:

    I, as luck would have it. am picking up my pismo either later today or tomorrow from the shop and will tell you if the wi-fi card I have picked up for it works.

    In the meantime, I am sure someone more knowledgeable will fill in the blanks fo you.
  3. FadeToBlack macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2005
    Accoville, WV
    I had a Lombard (The model right before the Pismo) and used a Sonnet Aria Extreme PCMCIA card. It uses the AirPort driver. It requires 10.2.6, I believe, so it wouldn't work with OS 9.
  4. ReanimationLP macrumors 68030


    Jan 8, 2005
    On the moon.
    Any Broadcom chipset seems to work.

    Well, also, any WiFi card that is PCMCIA or USB and says it has Mac OS X drivers would also work I suppose. I'd hope so. >.>

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