The early 2008 MacBook Pro came with a built-in AirPort Extreme card supporting 802.11a/b/g/n. It would be unlikely to someone to have removed it unless you got the device used.
One option to verify is to use the Apple Hardware Test to see if it comes up with the card being present. This test is on the installation disc that came with the laptop.
To get an idea on what it would take to visually verify the card's existence, please check out the following iFixIt site.
Thank you for your answer. I bought it used, no disc and it appears the seller on eBay was unaware of this problem. I would attempt to look inside but not sure about the outcome. I can return it for repair or refund. Anyway from what I've read it doesn't seem to be in there. So if I want to keep the seller has to repair it first. I know it's early. 2008 but very clean, has 18 charge cycles, and overall looks good. Do you think it's worth keeping or is a 2009,2010 2011 model for approx. $300 more a better choice?
...the seller on eBay was unaware of this problem.
Since most folks wireless with their laptops, I would be a bit surprised that the seller was unaware of this issue, but, of course, anything is possible.
Do you think it's worth keeping or is a 2009,2010 2011 model for approx. $300 more a better choice?
That's really your call. If I was to buy used, I would go through Apple Refurbished sales. You may not get the overall price break but you will get a warranty should anything be amiss with it.