5 Replies Latest reply: Jul 27, 2012 9:25 PM by BDAqua
Yamesj Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

House owner is purchasing a new PC that will be using a wirless modem. He has been using a cable modem through Comcast, as have I using the phone jack in the back of my PowerMac G5. What do I need to do to prepare myself for this conversion?


Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (119,355 points)

    Hi, is this a G5 or a Mac Pro, two similar looking quite different Beasts!?

     

    Likely you have an Airport/Wifi card installed already.

     

     

    Make a New Location, Using network locations in Mac OS X ...

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2712

     

    10.7…

     

    System Preferences>Network, top of window>Locations>Edit Locations, little plus icon, give it a name.

     

     

    10.5.x/10.6.x/10.7.x instructions...

     

    System Preferences>Network, click on the little gear at the bottom next to the + & - icons, (unlock lock first if locked), choose Set Service Order.

     

    The interface that connects to the Internet should be dragged to the top of the list.

     

    Instead of joining your Network from the list, click the WiFi icon at the top, and click join other network. Fill in everything as needed.

  • Yamesj Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi BD. I have a Mac Pro 3.1, dual 8-core (Intel Xeon blah blah......I suppose they no longer call them a "G5" because the two puters are so different - it was called an "Intel G5" when I purchased it 4 years ago).

    I DO NOT have an AirPort/WiFi card installed. I suppose this is the first thing I need to get. So....should I just pop in the Airport card and follow your instructions, or will doing that installation change the order of things that need to be implemented? Will a wireless router make it through several rooms of thick walls?

    Thanks so much for your help!. It's greatly appreciated!!

    Yamesj

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (119,355 points)

    it was called an "Intel G5" when I purchased it 4 years ago).

    We're not remembering someting correctly, never was an Intel G5... mutually exclusive... G5s were IBM CPUs.

     

    So we know more about it...

     

    At the Apple Icon at top left>About this Mac, then click on More Info, then click on Hardware> and report this upto but not including the Serial#...

     

    Hardware Overview:

     

    Model Name: iMac

    Model Identifier: iMac7,1

    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo

    Processor Speed: 2.4 GHz

    Number Of Processors: 1

    Total Number Of Cores: 2

    L2 Cache: 4 MB

    Memory: 6 GB

    Bus Speed: 800 MHz

    Boot ROM Version: IM71.007A.B03

    SMC Version (system): 1.21f4

    I DO NOT have an AirPort/WiFi card installed.

    4 years ago you should, perhaps it's dead?

     

    Thick Walls are a problem for Wifi.

  • Yamesj Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    (it was called an "Intel G5" when I purchased it 4 years ago)

     

    This is what happens or how things are described to you when you order a Mac through an online musical instrument retailer, namely, Sweetwater Sound.

    They also described it as a G5 with Intel chips....so, now that this is a little more clear......(?)

    I work on PC's all day. I come home to a Mac to work on music in Logic, Live, etc...

     

      Model Name:          Mac Pro

      Model Identifier:          MacPro3,1

      Processor Name:          Quad-Core Intel Xeon

      Processor Speed:          3 GHz

      Number Of Processors:          2

      Total Number Of Cores:          8

      L2 Cache (per processor):          12 MB

      Memory:          6 GB

      Bus Speed:          1.6 GHz

      Boot ROM Version:          MP31.006C.B05

      SMC Version (system):          1.25f4

    OK then - going through several walls and spanning a few rooms is going to make a wireless connection very difficult (or near impossible)?

    Thank you for the information.

    BDAqua wrote:

     

    it was called an "Intel G5" when I purchased it 4 years ago).

    We're not remembering someting correctly, never was an Intel G5... mutually exclusive... G5s were IBM CPUs.

     

    So we know more about it...

     

    At the Apple Icon at top left>About this Mac, then click on More Info, then click on Hardware> and report this upto but not including the Serial#...

     

    Hardware Overview:

     

    Model Name: iMac

    Model Identifier: iMac7,1

    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo

    Processor Speed: 2.4 GHz

    Number Of Processors: 1

    Total Number Of Cores: 2

    L2 Cache: 4 MB

    Memory: 6 GB

    Bus Speed: 800 MHz

    Boot ROM Version: IM71.007A.B03

    SMC Version (system): 1.21f4

    I DO NOT have an AirPort/WiFi card installed.

    4 years ago you should, perhaps it's dead?

     

    Thick Walls are a problem for Wifi.

     

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (119,355 points)

    Ok great, here's the specks on that great Power Mac...

     

    http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/mac_pro/specs/mac-pro-eight-core-3.0-2008- specs.html

    going through several walls and spanning a few rooms is going to make a wireless connection very difficult (or near impossible)?

    Depends on the walls, are they concrete, Brick, wood, plaster, etc.?

     

    You could alieviate soime of the problems, not sure how much, but an improvement for sure, by using USB Wifi dongles & say 10' USB extention cords to extend closer & generally placed higher in the room:s)...

     

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/NewerTech/MXP2802NU2C/

     

    http://store.bearextender.com/products/bearextender-for-mac?gclid=CMP2pNWLsa8CFS c0Qgod-mwiIA

     

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Micro%20Accessories/USB2AA120MF/