Wireless dongle?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Dale Gribble, Feb 4, 2009.

  1. Dale Gribble macrumors newbie

    Jan 31, 2009
    I've just bought a refurbished Mac Pro from the Apple Store and Apple, being the genius's they are, won't let you spec a Airport Extreme card on refurbished models, so I couldn't get one included, and there's also none on the Apple Store to buy.

    I've looked around and theres ones on Ebay and such, but I read that it invalidates your warranty fitting it yourself, but any Apple store will fit it for you. This is great but I don't drive and I sure as hell aren't taking a Mac Pro on the bus.

    So I was looking at a wireless dongle I can just plug in the USB. Will this work on the Mac Pro and does anyone have any particular recommendations? The cheaper the better because I'm rather skint after forking out £1200 for this ;)

  2. Chaos123x macrumors 68000

    Jul 8, 2008
  3. Dale Gribble thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 31, 2009
    I know I could probably install it myself, I've done graphics cards and such before and it doesn't seem much different, I was just worried about the warranty thing, is there anyway they could tell?
  4. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Uh... installing things yourself doesn't void the warranty. Like, on anything.

    It is only void if you break something while you are in there.

    And it's a Mac Pro. Virtually everything is classified as "user-upgradable".
  5. Hmac macrumors 68020

    May 30, 2007
    Midwest USA
  6. dontwalkhand macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    Not the same thing, but I took an iMac on the bus, and it was fine, then again, it doesn't weigh the same as a gargantuan Mac Pro.
  7. TrapOx macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2008
    Installing an airport card yourself won't void anything.
  8. Dale Gribble thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 31, 2009
    I assumed the "Not a user installation option" was their code speak for "Does this and we'll use it as a scape goat for warranty issues." Thats good to know then.

    The Mac Pro weighs 29.5kg, I'm not gonna attempt carrying that to the bus stop:p

    I'll try get a proper airport card then, I'm in the UK so the shops you linked aren't much help, but thanks a lot anyways everyone.

    Edit: Just been looking around, and it seems all the UK places are out of stock, so I'm resorting to ebay. Everywhere I look for cards that appearance wise match Chaos123x's link, it mentions G4's and nothing about Mac Pro's, and on the link Hmac provided it said it required one of these Mac's:

    * eMac G4
    * iMac G4
    * PowerMac G4
    * PowerMac G5
    * iBook G4
    * PowerBook G4 Aluminum

    Is something like this http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/APPLE-MAC-AIR...14&_trkparms=72:1690|66:2|65:12|39:1|240:1318
    compatible with the Harpertown Mac Pro's or not?
  9. POLOgt macrumors member


    Jan 27, 2009
  10. Dale Gribble thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 31, 2009
  11. rareflares macrumors regular

    Jun 7, 2004
    Washington D.C.
    does anyone have any impressions of those USB wireless adapters?
  12. iToaster macrumors 68000


    May 3, 2007
    In front of my MacBook Pro
    Personally, I've tried them on an older Power Mac G4 (with a USB 2 card) and the things are very stubborn. I'd definitely look for an AirPort card as opposed to the connection dropping USB dongles, they'll usually require the company's program to work as well and that is also pretty shaky. Trust me, just buy an AirPort card and there will be no troubles.
  13. hatehereyes macrumors 6502a


    Oct 18, 2008
    Moreno Valley, Ca
    Actually there have been a few people talking about their airport cards dropping signals randomly.
    I have that problem also.
  14. DualShock macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2008
    Just wanted to chime in with my experiences on getting an Airport card for my 2008 Mac Pro. In a nutshell, yes, Apple says it voids your warranty if you install it yourself. However, it depends on who you talk to.

    I had gone to a physical Apple store at my local mall on a Saturday afternoon, asking for the Airport card. It just so happened that the assistant manager was in the store, most likely because it was a high traffic day for the store (Saturday afternoon). He was pretty adamant in not selling me the card, saying that it would void the warranty if I did it myself. He did say that installation was free, but I was not about to lug a 50 lb computer to the mall.

    A few days later, on a Tuesday night around 8 PM, I went back to the same store. Obviously there were fewer people there at this time, and the assistant manager was nowhere to be found. I asked one of the people working there for the card, who then asked a Genius, who said they had some in the back. 5 minutes later I walked out with the card. He told me that instaling it myself would not void the warranty, unless I broke something while installing it.

    So yes, you can definitely walk out of an Apple store with an Airport card. Not sure if the same story applies in the UK, but it's worth a shot. Just make sure you look up the proper model # for the card, as the 2006/7 line and the 2008 line use different Airport cards.

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