12 Replies Latest reply: Aug 5, 2008 9:44 AM by jpb81928
misteretrent Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I have internet on my G5 and I just purchased an imac for my son. What do I need for his computer to gain internet access? I know I need the AirPort to plug the modem into and then configure my computer to access but is that the same thing that I need to do with his computer or is there additional hardware needed?

Thanks

G5
  • Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (49,245 points)
    Hello misteretrent. Welcome to the Apple Discussions!

    What you will need will depend on how you want both the G5 and the iMac to connect to the Internet, either by wire or wirelessly.

    If both will connect wirelessly, then both computer will need to be AirPort-enabled ... and, in this case, you would only require the 802.11n AirPort Express Base Station (AXn)

    If either will need to be connected by wire, then the 802.11n AirPort Extreme Base Station (AEBSn) would be required.
  • misteretrent Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for the help! My G5 prompts me to go for it so I'm assuming that it is wireless capable. The Imac (which is an old model with updated OSX) states that I need an AirPort card installed for setup. Does this imply that it will not be wireless or that I need an AirPort card to make it wireless?

    This is totally unfamiliar ground for me. I'm wondering if it would be easier to just purchase a Linksys router and a wireless network adapter though I'd rather use apple products.
  • Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (49,245 points)
    It sounds like your G5 already has the AirPort Extreme card installed. To verify with both machines, just use the System Profiler utility (you can get to it from the More Info button under About This Mac in the menu bar). From the utility, just select Network > AirPort Card in the left column and in the right column if Wireless Card Type has a value after it, like "AirPort Extreme (0x168C, 0x86)" then you have the card installed.

    Depending on how old your iMac is will either: not be AirPort Ready, be AirPort Ready or the AirPort or AirPort Extreme card will already be installed. If your iMac is AirPort ready, the problem is Apple no longer provides these card, but several third-party vendors do. Just do a Google-search for "AirPort Card." You should see, at least, a dozen listings.

    The other option, albeit more expensive, is to get a third-party adapter as you suggested. One such vendor is QuickerTek
  • jpb81928 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi,

    First time here. Just bought a MBP (always wanted one). I also bought an AEBsn with intention of setting up wireless ntwk with an hp xp sp3. Have a comcast modem connected to the hp. My son just moved back with his hp xp sp2. Should I buy an express to bridge his machine? I've been readking these discussions for the past week, and quite frankly became a bit imtimidated to start setting up the network. I'm in awe at the knowledge and experience shown on the discussions. I apologize if I'm in the wrong thread. Oh to be 25 years younger. Thanks.
  • smallone Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Hi jpb I am sitting in the same boat as you are so will be curious if anyone answers this query. Have a windows xp sp3 and want to network to my new macbook pro. Am also wondering if I do get the two networked how to transfer all my itunes stuff to the macbook pro so I can sync my iphone.
  • umpire318 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I just acquired a second-hand dell laptop, and want to move from no network to wireless g/n network based on cable modem. This network must also accomodate a business only Dell laptop running XPsp2 (of which I have no adminstrator rights) and VPN software. I need to share a HP laserjet 3030 3n1 printer. In reading these and other forums, my choices seem to be:
    1. buy Airport Extreme base station for easy connect to the imac, and more difficult connection to both Dells, particularly since I can't install Bonjour on the business laptop, or
    2. buy D-Link/Linksys wireless router and cards, set up a Windows based network, and then make the Mac connect.
    Because of the mixed network, both approaches seem to have difficulties with communication, high security, reliable printing. All of these are critical for the business computer.

    Any suggestions on the more likely route to success?

    Cable modem is a 4 yr old Toshiba with 10baseT. What happens when this is connected to a Gigabit router? should I also plan to upgrade the modem?

    Thanks
  • Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (49,245 points)
    Hello jpb81928. Welcome to the Apple Discussions!

    Should I buy an express to bridge his machine?


    You would only need "bridge his machine" if it's not wireless-capable or you want to extend your AEBSn if the range to where he normally uses his computer is outside that provided by the AEBSn.
  • Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (49,245 points)
    Sorry, but your post really has nothing to do with the that of the Originator's and will, most likely, require a completely different solution. Please start a new post and describe the issue, provide details about your current network and what you have already attempted to solve the problem. Thanks!
  • Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (49,245 points)
    Hello umpire318. Welcome to the Apple Discussions!

    Sorry, but like smallone's post, your post also has nothing in common to that of the Originator's and will, most likely, require a completely different solution. Please start a new post and describe the issue, provide details about your current network and what you have already attempted to solve the problem. Thanks!
  • umpire318 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I apologize. First time to post, and I didn't realize that a new post for my similar problem was proper approach.

    Thanks
  • Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (49,245 points)
    No apology necessary. I just want to make sure your particular issue gets addressed properly and the responses are dedicated to its solution.
  • jpb81928 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi Tesserax, Sorry I didn't reply sooner. I really appreciate you taking the time to respond. Before posting I had been scanning the different threads. I'm truly amazed at your expertise. Thank you so much for your help.