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AirPort Extreme eMac

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Tristan51 Calculating status...
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Oct 19, 2013 12:57 PM

How do you connect a eMac to AirPort Extreme and do i need a certain version of AirPort Extreme?

I have bought second hand eMac g4 1ghz for my son.

  • kaz-k Level 4 Level 4 (1,995 points)
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    Oct 19, 2013 11:09 PM (in response to Tristan51)

    I think ordinal Airport Card works.


    eMac: How to install or replace an optional Airport Card:


    Airport Exreme card: Compatible Macs:

  • Allan Jones Level 7 Level 7 (29,620 points)
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    Oct 20, 2013 9:27 AM (in response to Tristan51)

    Don't order just yet.


    The first eMacs used original Airport cards; later models used Airport Extreme. It's important to preciesly identify your eMac variant before buying a card that may not work. If yours is a 1gHz model you probably need the Extreme card, not the "original" linked in the other post.


    Use this Apple article that lets you look up your eMac variant by serial number:



    In the chart in the article, only the eMacs in the bottom section of the chart use the original Airport card. A 1Ghz eMac is most likely the "eMac (ATI Graphics)." Although rare, there were also some "eMac (USB 2.0)" models build only for the education market with 1ghz processors instead of the more common 1.25ghz processor.


    So don't go buy an "original' Aiprort card until you figure out your exact eMac model.

    eMac 1.42Ghz, Mac OS X (10.5.8), 1.25G RAM + eMac 700mHz 768MB RAM
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,805 points)
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    Oct 20, 2013 10:50 AM (in response to Tristan51)

    Also to note, original Airport card cannot connect using WPA2, only WEP or WPA.


    Another possibility...


  • Allan Jones Level 7 Level 7 (29,620 points)
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    Oct 21, 2013 6:48 AM (in response to Tristan51)

    Excellent news about the Airport card!


    The ATI Graphics eMac has a Max RAM of 1GB (with two 512MB modules). I've bought all my Mac RAM from this vendor for at least a decade:



    Note well that they recommend PC133 RAM even though the USB1.1 eMacs like yours have only a 100mhz bus speed. Apparently, timing on some component is such that PC100 RAM--which logic says should work--can cause problems in early eMacs.


    We don't know where you are exactly (these are international forums so have a "wide" userbase to say the least!). OWC is a US firm but ships to a number of overseas destinations. If you are not in N. America, check the OWC site to see if your home country is among those they service.


    If you are not in N. America, let us know and maybe someone has an idea of a better RAM vendor for you. In some countries, duty charges and VAT can make the OWC offering less of a bargain than they are for N. American shoppers.




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