Currently Being ModeratedJun 14, 2011 1:57 PM (in response to Donna Bowman)
The original 802.11b AirPort Card will work with the new AirPorts if the AirPorts are configured with one of the 802.11n Radio Modes that allows backward compatibility with "b" devices. Also this card does not support the AES/CCMP encryption protocol that would be required if you set Wireless Security = WPA2 Personal.
However, your idea to use the old Snow is a great one! You would just need to attach this base station to one of the available LAN ports on the AEBS, and then, reconfigure it as a bridge. If you want to use WPA2 Personal (I would recommend it) for your 802.11n network, I would then use a different Network Name & Wireless Security type for the Snow's wireless network.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 15, 2011 6:20 AM (in response to Tesserax)
Thanks, Tesserax. I did a little experiment the other day to see if my iMac's Airport card was still working, and had unexpected results. I attached the Snow ABS to the AEBS via the LAN port, and ran Airport Admin Utility on the iMac. To my great surprise, when I renamed and reconfigured the Snow, it also renamed and reconfigured the AEBS. This was unexpected, as I had thought that the old Airport Admin program could not configure the AEBS!
So I'm a little hesitant to attach to the Snow, then reconfigure, lest I screw up the settings on my AEBS again. Granted, I didn't specify "bridge mode" when I did that experiment. Any insight into what happened, and how I can configure the Snow with a different name and WEP security without having those settings applied to the AEBS as well?
Currently Being ModeratedJun 15, 2011 8:12 AM (in response to Donna Bowman)
Hmm, to be honest, I have never come across that issue before.
One option to try, would be to configure the Snow by directly connecting it to the iMac by Ethernet, and then, use the AirPort Admin Utility to reconfigure it as a bridge.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 15, 2011 10:17 AM (in response to Tesserax)
Yep, I'm going to try that. Now that I know the right key word (bridge mode), I've come across some other discussions about similar setups. Thanks!
Currently Being ModeratedJun 15, 2011 11:51 AM (in response to Donna Bowman)
Let me know if you would like a "step-by-step" on how to create a "dual-band" network with both AirPorts,
Currently Being ModeratedJan 23, 2013 5:11 PM (in response to Tesserax)
I had a question similar to this. I bought an iMac G4 a couple months ago, and I installed an Airport card in it. It worked with our Cisco router we had at the time. We recently bought an Airport Extreme base. As of the purchase date, my iMac hasn't been able to connect to the base. I was wondrring if you had a suggestions.