like and use Linksys Routers for my Mac network.
They are relatively cheap these days and since
even Radio Shack carries them we don't bother.
Buy the LinkSys Wireless AC Dual Channel. Hard
connect via ethernet one of your systems to set
up the unit. First thing put in a password. The
default password will result in every 12 year
old on the internet taking over your router.
Second put in a network name. Make it simple so
you can remember it but now too simple. No
spaces. You will want to enter that name on each
system you have accessing your network so that
it doesn't try to roam. That way your connection
is solid since you have told your unit to hook
directly to that network. While you are at it
replace those old Ethernet Cables with at least
5E or CAT6.
You should know
that 802.11AC is the new Airport Extreme and is now dual
channel on the later Macs. I am still using 802.11N gear
which is probably fine for most folks but if you are
buying new get the later. The old 802.11G is equivalent
to the first Airport Extreme and is the faster. 802.11b
is your regular Airport connection. You may want to
choose the AC version DUAL CHANNEL of your next router
purchase so you will be ready as you update your other
Airport cards for older Macs are no longer
That is why the price is higher today on those units than
they were new. I never used Airport choosing instead
industry standard items where possible (I'm cheap). If
you need an Airport card for your older iBook
the link to the Headgap
They are in the wireless section. Do know that they don't
support some of the later security protocols that some
routers require. You may have to turn off your security
or at least dumb it down to match the early Airport
cards. The early Airport B cards do still work but not
with modern encryption so you will have to downgrade your
routers setting to use it. See our solution using a cheap
wireless access point below for older Macs below.
hate DLINK. While some of their stuff is advertised as
Mac compatible I have always had trouble. Perhaps you
haven't and I guess good for you.
ADD WIRELESS G
TO YOUR OSX DESKTOP VIA PCI SLOT
Dittman (a Headgap reader) writes: If a person uses a PCI
based wireless card that uses the Broadcom chipset in a
Sawtooth G4, it will often work using Apple's Airport
Extreme drivers since Airport Extreme cards are based on
the Broadcom chipset. One card in particular that I know
works is the Buffalo WLI2-PCI-G54. I have personally seen
it in action in a Sawtooth. Theoretically, any Broadcom
based card should work, but I definitely can't guarantee
that since I haven't tested them all. 802.11g speeds for
less money than an Apple Airport (802.11b) card. As long
as you have a free PCI slot this is a great option. That
is a tech tip from me. These really are hard to find
WIRELESS N -
Back In Stock! Lower Prices!
thought it would be a long while before I upgraded my
Wireless G components to N. Cost keeps me from running
out and adopting new technology quickly and I am certain
that many of you are like me when it comes to parting
with cash. I have had my eyes out for a low cost
alternative that would enable me to install the much
faster and longer range N. Well I finally located some
market USB Devices that we could get drivers
for. I replaced our trusty LinkSys Wireless G Router
with a Wireless N Router (LinkSys) unit and have started
using these new dongles.
get more bars at even marginal locations with the
Wireless N USB Adapters and the transfer rates are
now see how video can easily be shared. Perhaps shortly I
will have a Mac permanently attached to the TV. Makes it
better to watch those shows I missed from online and all
without stringing CAT 5E or CAT6 across the floor. The
USB Lan Adapter we include the drivers on our latest
SuperSink DVD which is also chock full of updates and the
best freeware and shareware available (a $16.77 value all
by itself) included with your purchase. Oh yes if you
need a Wireless N Router just watch the sale papers for
Best Buy, Office Depot etc for the LinkSys Wireless N.
They sell them so cheap (about $50) we simply don't
bother to stock them. We use the little wireless N USB
Adapters on our own iBook when we travel. It has better
ears and gets a better signal even on older slower non N
networks. We stock USB 2 cards for your G4 if you don't
already have one. While these work on the USB1 ports they
work faster and better plugged directly into a USB2 card.
I have installed these on the older iMac G3 units with
USB1.1 and they work fine and a lot better than the old
any Mac with USB
OSX 10.4 up
Faster Wireless N networking on iMacs,
Mini's, iBooks, Powerbooks, and MacBooks or
any Mac with a USB 2 Port!
Finally a reasonable cost USB Wireless solution
for the Mac! Mac OSX 10.4 to 10.6 compatible!
Extend your wireless coverage and experience
greater speed with this Wireless N USB 2.0
Adapter! Based on the 802.11n 2.0 standard, this
Wireless N USB Adapter delivers the highest
wireless data rate so you can enjoy
uninterrupted data streaming. This Wireless N
USB Adapter features integrated antenna and is
backwards compatible with 802.11b/g networks!
With WPA2, WPA, 802.1x and WEP security
encryption, the Wireless N USB Adapter helps
keep your wireless connection secure from
intruders. Transmit: Up to 150 Mbps, Receive: Up
to 300 Mbps. Frequency Band: 2.4 - 2.5 GHz.
REQUIRES: USB2 Port, 10.4 . 10.5 or 10.6 & a
compatible wireless network. Includes our OSX
Super Sink DVD ($14.77 value) with drivers from
us DOES NOT WORK WITH OS VERSIONS EARLIER
THAN 10.4. Our $34.77 price includes domestic
shipping. See the Wireless
of the store.
to hook up your old Beige Macs Wirelessly to
your modern network. This is an affordable way
to do that! This Wireless-N Access Point and
Router acts as the central connection point for
your wireless network. With data transfer speeds
of up to 150 Mbps you can stream, download, and
send emails lighting fast. Integrated is a
4-Port 10/100 Switch so can also hard wire your
devices directly to the router. Web-Based
Advanced User Interface allows you to set up the
access point using an OSX web browser to link to
your existing network. Once set up you can
simply plug in your old Beige Macs and select
TCP-IP from the control panel and select DHCP
and you are connected wirelessly at N speeds on
your old Beige Mac. REQUIRES: An OSX Machine and
Browser to set up the Access Point. Any Beige
Mac that has an Ethernet Port or an optional
10/100 PCI Ethernet Card. We recommend OS8.6 or
later but earlier versions will work. Our $39.77
price includes domestic shipping. See the
WIRELESS KEYBOARDS AND MICE BLUETOOTH ONLY
originally hated wireless mice and keyboards since they
sometimes cut out. I have since worked with
Mice and Keyboards and find them
See the Input section of our online store. We sell an
inexpensive USB dongle that will add bluetooth
compability to any OSX system. See our wireless
1.1 Class 2
PLUG IT IN TO ADD Bluetooth wireless technology
to your Mac! This Bluetooth adapter from
Solteras features USB connectivity and Bluetooth
v1.1 Class 2 support, giving you a range of up
to 33 feet. Works with Bluetooth compliant
devices such as: PowerMac, PowerBook, iBook,
PDA, Handheld PC, Digital Camera, Printer, or
Mobile Phone. REQUIRES: OSX 10.2.8 or later.
Uses Apple's built in bluetooth support, no
drivers to install. Must be plugged into a root
port. Our Low Price $12.77 includes domestic
shipping. See the Wireless
of the store.
stock the older Airport cards. Call and ask or check our
Wireless section for current pricing. They are no longer
made and the used ones that are left are in high demand.
See the Wireless Section of our online
for more information. If you have an older iBook they are
about the only portable choice.
it with Airport. Now others are on board. Direct Sequence
Spread Spectrum (DSSS) worldwide industry standard is
what it is. This standard allows for interoperability
with other 802.11-based equipment. Imagine being able to
use your cable modem access on all systems in your home
and or office without having to string wires. Because it
is radio frequency it will work anywhere around the home
and most offices, not to mention the neighbors house, the
back yard, by the pool, the patio, up the tree
Below is a list of links
to sites and information about wireless
- Apples main
airport site with downloadable resources about setting up
wireless networks and more.
- LinkSys has a
complete line of products that are designed for PC's. I
like and use the wireless routers and hubs on my Mac
network since they are smart enough to let you set up
their routers via a web brower.
- Belkin has a few items that are Mac compatible. Check
to see if the drivers for the item you are interested in
are available in a Mac version.
- Dlink offer a
complete line that is more available and perhaps more
economical. They just added a Wireless Cable/DSL Router.
I always had trouble setting up their gear for Mac
- Article from TechWeb - August 7, 2000, By Joel Conover
- Anatomy of IEEE 802.11b Wireless.
- 3com's white paper about 802.11b.
- IEEE Organization link about 802.11b
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