4 Replies Latest reply: Jan 29, 2013 11:11 AM by rccharles
rkc_cutie Level 1 (0 points)

Hi, I'm not even sure I'm in the right place, but I have a few questions.


At first when I connected my iMac G4 to the Internet it kept giving me "there is an error connecting to "XXXXX" network" type thing.

Now, since I pressed Cmd, Option, O & F and did the rest-nvram and reset-all, when it boots it is showing it is connected to the internet but as soon as I've clicked network diagnostics and tried to go through that dialog box it will disconnect me from the wireless connection and go back to the error dialog mentioned above.


I just bought this, though the Airport Card was wacky so I replaced that.

It recognizes it in the "About Mac" "More Info" "Network" thing.

I've troubleshooted this beyond belief, and I need a more in depth help than just a simple "try restarting the computer"

"try restarting the router"

I have tried this with several routers, all different internet connections, the whole nine yards.



iMac, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • rkc_cutie Level 1 (0 points)

    I go to Safari first and when it says it is not connected to the internet (though it shows five bars of signal strength and a connection elsewhere) I THEN go to the network diagnostics.

    Sorry I didn't specify that.

  • rccharles Level 5 (7,581 points)

    As a test, I'd try connecting to the router with an ethernet cat5 cable.  See if that works. Could be a software problem.


    airport card or usb dongle?


    what airport card?


    What USB connector are you using?


    What router?




    You can look around for wireless networks. See:

    iStumbler - 98

    find AirPort networks, Bluetooth devices, Bonjour services




  • rkc_cutie Level 1 (0 points)

    When hooked to an ethernet cable the internet works fine.


    I'm just using the original airport card, not extreme or another.

    I am not using a USB connector of any kind, just hooked the airport card in to the bottom of the computer.

    My router is an Ubee router.


    Any more help is appreciated!

  • rccharles Level 5 (7,581 points)

    I just bought this, though the Airport Card was wacky so I replaced that.

    It recognizes it in the "About Mac" "More Info" "Network" thing.

    So, you have tried two Airport Cards?  Both have not worked?


    I'd turn off encryption for testing.   The card is rather slow. 10mhz. 



    Might be best to pack the cards in and try a usb dongle.



    1. Ethernet Bridge

    2. 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
      This linksys bridge is the safest solution since it doesn't require any Mac OS drivers.

      Airport ExpressAirport Express is an external unit and you can configure it as a bridge.  802.11n ( I bevieve 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

      1. Newer Technology MAXPower 802.11g/b Wireless USB 2.0 Stick Adapter $15.99 http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Newer%20Technology/MXP2802GU2/ 
      2. Newer Technology MAXPower 802.11n/g/b USB Adapter. The easiest way to add Wireless Connectivity to ANY computer! 'n' speed is the newest and fastest. $29.99 http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Newer%20Technology/MXP802NU2C/


      You better give OWC 1-800-275-4676 a call to verify that these USB dongles will work with 10.3.


      You would be better off with the more expensive 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.