I've been pondering setting up a WiFi connection here at home. Not that we really need one since we only have one computer in regular use, but maybe 3 times a year we might have need for one (e.g., a house guest, using Facetime with my wife's iPhone). Our ISP is capped at 1Mbps so we don't need anything lightning fast. I don't think we need wireless printing or wireless drive access, so likely even when it is turned on we won't need anything fancy.
Options. I guess one thing to do would be for me to reinstall the third party wireless card into the G4. I took it out since we don't use it and figured it was one more thing to potentially cause problems. However, I believe one can set up the computer itself as a WiFi hotspot. The other options are now numerous. I spent the weekend hitting up the garage sales, and after spending about $3 on routers and checking the "free" boxes I now have the following models sitting on my desk:
Netgear WNR1000 v2
Airport Extreme A1034 (this is the one I actually spent the $3 on and was the first one I found)
The Netgear WNR1000 was in a free box when the sale was taking place so I don't know if there was a reason for that (it is kind of hard to ask about working condition when something is free). It is missing the power supply, so maybe tht's why they didn't bother trying to sell it, but I am hoping I can find one that works for it (it looks like something I would probably be able to match using the box with about 25 miscellaneous power supplies I have scavanged).
I have another similar flying-saucer shaped AE that I bought last year. It came without a power supply and I discovered it it isn't a standard design so I stuck it in the basement pending discovery of a power supply. I am not sure where the AE is right now but it looks similar. I don't know if Apple changed models without changing form factor. I think the power supply for my AE purchased yesterday would work with the newer one.
As far as I can tell it seems the Belkin and the Netgear WNR may be the newest models.
Which of these play nicely with a G4 running Tiger?
Are there any preferences in terms of security or am I basically limited by what is on my computer anyway?
I don't really need 6 wireless routers sitting in a box in my basement so my plan is to keep 2 (one for backup in case of equipment failure) and take the others to a thrift store donation center, so I am wondering which are the keepers.