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Best wireless solution for older G5

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schreib88 Calculating status...
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Mar 5, 2013 11:34 AM

I acquired a G5 after my FW800 MDD's power supply died.  I also want to go wireless with the G5 to my airport extreme base station.  The guy I bought the used G5 from wanted to sell me a little do-dad that looked like a USB antenna and card all in one that plugs into a USB port, cost about $25.  He implied it would solve my problem.--  Really? 

 

Details:  running 10.5.8 OS X on the G5, dual 2 Ghz June 2004 w/ 3 GB Ram.  Airport Base station is Extreme type running on 2nd floor, G5 is in the basement, big chimney in middle of the house may be a disrupter. 

 

Question #1:  So this little do-dad can take the place of both the T shaped antenna(need to buy) and the extreme airport card(also, need buy)?  Or is that thing targeted to newer G5's?

 

Question #2:  HARD Drive transfer.  It would be real handy if I could mount my old FW800's ATA hard drive in the SATA G5.  Any way to make this happen? or better solution so I can KEEP the old hard drive up and runnig with the G5?

 

thanks!

  • rccharles Level 5 Level 5 (5,115 points)
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    Mar 5, 2013 11:59 AM (in response to schreib88)

    I'd go with his dongle, but he will have all the software installed. Laptop and iPad have wifi & wire doesn't stick out of box.

     

    1. Ethernet Bridge

    2. Please note this requires mac os x 10.5 or greater to configure or windows xp to configure.
      Ethernet Bridge  "The versatile Wireless-G Ethernet Bridge can make any wired Ethernet-equipped device a part of your wireless network."  from linksys example: http://www.amazon.com/Linksys-RE1000-Wireless-N-Range-Extender/dp/B005FDXMJS/ref =sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1314563758&sr=8-1
      Once configured, you can use it on any ethernet port.

       


      Airport ExpressAirport Express is an external unit and you can configure it as a bridge.  802.11n ( I believe you will need a more modern version of Mac OS X to configure.  Sadly, Apple uses a configuration program to configure, not a web browser. )

       

    3. USB dongle


       

      The letters n/g/b correspond to the speed of the data transfer.  You should match the speed to your existing router. You best match on the highest speed. N is the highest. G is middle.  b is lowest.


    4. Newer Technology MAXPower 802.11n/g/b USB Adapter. New Technology has made these adapters for a while. 
      http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Newer%20Technology/MXP3802NU2C/
  • japamac Level 7 Level 7 (24,390 points)
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    Mar 5, 2013 1:22 PM (in response to schreib88)

    So this little do-dad can take the place of both the T shaped antenna(need to buy) and the extreme airport card(also, need buy)?

    Yes.

    It would be real handy if I could mount my old FW800's ATA hard drive in the SATA G5.  Any way to make this happen? or better solution

    Better Solution:

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/MEFW934FWUKS/

  • japamac Level 7 Level 7 (24,390 points)
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    Mar 6, 2013 12:52 AM (in response to schreib88)

    There are many IDE to SATA adapters:

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Addonics/ADSAIDE/

    http://www.amazon.com/IDE-SATA-Adapter/dp/B000RK89M4

     

    I suggested external (as better) because it seems a waste to put a slow IDE drive on one of the only two SATA ports of the G5.....

    Use one of the many available adapters to install it inside.

  • rccharles Level 5 Level 5 (5,115 points)
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    Mar 13, 2013 8:22 PM (in response to schreib88)

    Thanks for you kind comments.

     

    I heard about the directional antennas.

     

    Any evidence that it works?

     

    Robert

  • Electricidad Level 1 Level 1 (70 points)
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    Apr 6, 2013 12:14 AM (in response to schreib88)

    You need to buy an Apple Airport card. Nothing else will work well.

     

    http://www.amazon.com/Apple-M8881LL-AirPort-Extreme-Card/dp/B0000899ZB

  • Laish Morse Level 3 Level 3 (675 points)
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    Apr 9, 2013 7:05 PM (in response to schreib88)

    I recieved the USB dongle linked above in the mail yesterday and I'm not having the same experience with mine as you seem to be having. It's all over the place in regard to performance. I'm using it on a G5 Quad which is about 15 feet from my Airport Extreme base station. The base station is the older .11g model, but it works fine with my early 2008 White Macbook.

     

    I've emptied caches, rebooted, unplugged/plugged in the adapter, used different browsers etc. I know this is old equipment, but 15 or 20 seconds for some web pages to load isn't right. I really want to love this thing so I don't have to fork over $80 or $90 for the used OEM card lol.

     

    I'm open to any suggestion. I might give Newertech a call tomorrow and enquire.

     

    Thanks!

     

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