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Re: best wifi solution for powermac Digital Audio [message #291025 is a reply to message #291024] Mon, 01 June 2015 17:49 Go to previous message
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> I've only just caught up with this thread....I never realized that you
> could use off-the-shelf USB2 PCI cards with PPC Macs.

A PCI solution which is often overlooked is this:

1) a PCI to Mini-PCI adapter which has one or more SMC connectors (for
antennae), only one is actually needed, and two is supported, but not
three,

For example:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/WiFi-54-108b-g-Mini-PCI-To-PCI-Conve rter-Adapter-Wireless-Card-New-/181697029741

2) a Dell (or other, but Dell seems to work best) Mini-PCI 802.11b/g or
802.11a/b/g or 802.11a/b/g/n card,

For example:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/DELL-LATITUDE-D400-D410-D500-D510-D6 00-D610-D800-D810-WIRELESS-WIFI-CARD-DW1370-/300678594593

The adapter shown has one antenna connector, and one is really all that is
needed.

An antenna is also required, and some ePay sellers are including antennae
with their cards.

The beauty of this solution is the Dell card is seen as an Airport Extreme
card OOTB by MacOS X.

It MAY be necessary to twiddle with the IO80211Family.kext to see some
cards as Airport Extreme, specifically the AppleAirPortBrcm43224.kext
plug-in, but most seem to work.

The above is a very cost-effective way to get real-deal Apple-compatible
Wi-Fi, without the use of drivers, as MacOS X already includes the
necessary driver.

I believe the Dell cards are actually using the Broadcomm 4318 chip set.



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