Skip navigation

will airport extreme card work on other wireless systems

811 Views 3 Replies Latest reply: Feb 2, 2012 9:23 AM by a brody RSS
delew Calculating status...
Currently Being Moderated
Jan 31, 2012 7:44 PM

will airport extreme card work with other networking systems such as time warner cable with a router?

  • japamac Level 7 Level 7 (24,390 points)

    It's not a question of the cable service as much it is the hardware used to connect.


    You need a wireless base station conected to the cable router.

    There should be no issues with the majority of the popular wireless base stations available.


    To setup OS X, follow the instructions: network/

  • Larry West Calculating status...

    "AirPort" is just Apple's marketing for 802.11? protocols, commonly called WiFi. "AirPort Extreme" is used with the 802.11g standard and higher speed standards by Apple. An AirPort Extreme card will negotiate the best common protocol between itself and the base station (Apple's term for the router). If the router offers multiple wireless networks at different speeds, you'll be able to choose an appropriate one with the AirPort Extreme card.


    The only incompatibilities are actually on Apple's end, as a card marked "AirPort Extreme" cannot be installed in a slot in a Mac for an "AirPort" card, and vice-versa. The slots are electrically and physically incompatible.


    Almost all WiFi devices - AirPorts included - will "downgrade" to a slower common protocol if needed. This can cause unintended consequences with some systems, as the router may downgrade every device to the slower speed if one slow device connects.

  • a brody Level 9 Level 9 (62,005 points)

    Note, Airport Extreme on PowerMacs is limited to 802.11g.  If you find you get a router that is 802.11n, and have devices that need 802.11n speed, they should be on a different wireless network.  Otherwise you can set the network to be 802.11n and 802.11g for both 'n' and 'g' devices to hook up to it from the router in question.  Be sure the PowerMac in question does support Extreme, and not just the original Airport by visiting this article:

    And identifying your Mac in this article:

    If you can't find your Mac on the article, go to Apple menu -> About This Mac and tell us the Machine ID. If it is a notebook, the name of the machine is on the screen frame. If it is a machine with a display and a built-in optical drive that has no name, it may be an iMac.  That is significant as well.  Since you posted in the PowerMac forum, without telling us your machine, we can't help you further until you do.

    10.7.1 iMac 5,1 MacBook Pro 3,1, Mac OS X (10.7.1), - * Links to my pages may give me compensation.


More Like This

  • Retrieving data ...

Bookmarked By (0)


  • This solved my question - 10 points
  • This helped me - 5 points
This site contains user submitted content, comments and opinions and is for informational purposes only. Apple disclaims any and all liability for the acts, omissions and conduct of any third parties in connection with or related to your use of the site. All postings and use of the content on this site are subject to the Apple Support Communities Terms of Use.