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Re: best wifi solution for powermac Digital Audio [message #287457] Thu, 09 April 2015 14:43 Go to next message
Kris Tilford is currently offline  Kris Tilford
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Cheap solution is buy a USB 2.0 PCI card and use the USB WIFI adapter you’ve been trying to use.

Alternative is buying a PCI WIFI adapter, but finding ones that are supported for PPC Macs under 10.4.11 may be difficult?

I’m guessing there are some 802.11n WIFI adapters that work for PPC under 10.4.11 or 10.5.8., but it’s unlikely there are any current 802.11ac that work correctly.

> On Apr 8, 2015, at 12:48 PM, T payne <blindsat67@gmail.com> wrote:
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> I've recently realized that the wifi adapter that I have been trying (on and off, over the years) to use with my Digital Audio is incompatible because it requires USB 2.0 ports. I've looked into the original airport card as a solution, but I read that this was slow, though recognized natively. Is there a better wifi card out there that will cooperate with a digital audio (with OS 10.4.11) that would be faster and slightly more modern than airport? thanks a lot.

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Re: best wifi solution for powermac Digital Audio [message #287458 is a reply to message #287457] Thu, 09 April 2015 15:07 Go to previous messageGo to next message
peterhaas is currently offline  peterhaas
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> Cheap solution is buy a USB 2.0 PCI card and use the USB WIFI adapter
> you’ve been trying to use.

Most so-called USB 2.0 WiFi dongles will indeed work on USB 1.1.

Check the support list, though, as not all of these will support PPC Macs
(but some will).


> Alternative is buying a PCI WIFI adapter, but finding ones that are
> supported for PPC Macs under 10.4.11 may be difficult?

Check the IO80211.kext contents for the list of supported devices under
10.4.11.

Now, 10.4.8 was the first Intel supported version, and I do believe that
WiFi was supported thereupon, PROVIDED the plug-in's plist had the proper
device coded added to it.

I am using legacy PCI WiFi adapters from Chinese sources with a Dell
Mini-PCI (NOT Mini-PCI-e, but those are available, too).

These are supported ... at least on Intel platforms ... as gen-u-wine
Airport cards, once the Broadcom plist has been updated.


As an aside for those with failed Ethernet ports ...

There is a Fast Ethernet (10/100) dongle which utilizes the Kawasaki Logic
9700 chip, and the mini CD which is supplied has drivers for PPC, Intel_32
(i386) and Intel_64 (x86_64) included.


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Re: best wifi solution for powermac Digital Audio [message #287466 is a reply to message #287457] Thu, 09 April 2015 16:11 Go to previous message
James Knight is currently offline  James Knight
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I'm "almost positive" that my old d-link 802.11g pci card was supported on my DA g4. I'll check the model number later but finding one on ebay for peanuts should be easy.

Sent from my mobile device.

> On Apr 9, 2015, at 14:43, Kris Tilford <ktilford1@cox.net> wrote:
>
> Cheap solution is buy a USB 2.0 PCI card and use the USB WIFI adapter you’ve been trying to use.
>
> Alternative is buying a PCI WIFI adapter, but finding ones that are supported for PPC Macs under 10.4.11 may be difficult?
>
> I’m guessing there are some 802.11n WIFI adapters that work for PPC under 10.4.11 or 10.5.8., but it’s unlikely there are any current 802.11ac that work correctly.
>
>> On Apr 8, 2015, at 12:48 PM, T payne <blindsat67@gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>> I've recently realized that the wifi adapter that I have been trying (on and off, over the years) to use with my Digital Audio is incompatible because it requires USB 2.0 ports. I've looked into the original airport card as a solution, but I read that this was slow, though recognized natively. Is there a better wifi card out there that will cooperate with a digital audio (with OS 10.4.11) that would be faster and slightly more modern than airport? thanks a lot.
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