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Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by halfprep455, Feb 18, 2007.
Will any wireless card for Mac OS work in a B&W?
you can not use an airport, but you can use any USB transmiter as long as there are drivers for Mac, it will be a bit slower as it is USB 1.1 and not 2.0. and your supposed to be able to use some PCI wireless cards but I have not had any luck with them.
Yep, best to use a Wireless USB Adaptor.
I use this one in my PowerMac G4. Works fine apart from having to reconnect it after rebooting or turning on. But once connected - no problems.
Another option would be an Airport Express hooked up to the G3 with an ethernet cable. That way you have "g" speeds and guaranteed compatibility (no OS 9 drivers to worry about if you use OS 9). It's actually slightly cheaper than a "b" type wireless PCI card, and a lot faster than a USB adaptor over USB 1.1 . The other option is to use the USB adaptor with a USB 2.0 PCI card, but again you might have problems finding drivers if you use OS 9.
Just another thought. IOExperts has drivers (OSX and OS 9) for a lot of generic PCI wireless "b" cards. There is a list of compatible cards on their website.
I just bought a USB wireless card on ebay. Ill probably but PCI USB 2.0 card sience I need the ports anyway. How much slower will it be with USB 1.1?
From my experience surfing the net won't really be all that slow, downloading files and updates and the what not will be slower, but still much faster then dial up. I don't think you will have any problem using a wireless USB transmiter on a USB 2.0 PCI.
Something like this?
That site has a little peice of software for $15 that enables wireless-g (Airport Extreme equivalent) on many PCI cards, which it lists on the site. Probably your best bet!