Apple Airport Wireless Card for Mac iMac G3 G4 WiFi
This is for one used/tested working original Apple Airport card.
This part is considered obsolete and is only for very old Macs listed in the compatible section below. This does not work with Macs made in the last 10 years. A $2.00 postage fee is deducted from all returns due to incompatibility.
The Apple Airport card is an 802.11b standard WiFi card that provides connection speeds up to 11mbps and encryption up to 128-bit WEP. Apple Airport cards are an excellent wireless solution for Apple Macintosh laptops and desktop that have an original Airport card slot. This auction includes just the Airport card as pictured. The item is used in good condition and has been tested 100% operational. It is guaranteed to work (see guarantee section below). No software or printed instructions are included. The necessary Airport software to use this is included already on most Mac OS versions, and can be downloaded free here. Installation instructions for your particular Mac are linked to below in PDF format (see section below entitled Installation guides). Should you need any help, please do not hesitate to contact us
A very important note about encryption: when you set up your router (or whoever may have set up), you likely setup encryption to protect your wireless network. There are different types of encryption. This works with the more common types of 64-bit and 128-bit WEP, but it is not compatible with newer standards such as WPA and WPA2. If your network has WPA or WPA2 encryption, the card will not work out of the box. There are some forum web sites that can be found in search engines where people discuss workarounds, but out of the box this device only works with WEP 64-bit and 128-bit, so for easy setup be sure your network is set to one of these types of encryption, or is an open network with no encryption (this last option is not recommended unless you do not mind others possibly using your wireless signal).
iMac (Slot Loading) requires installation adapter (not included),
iMac (Summer 2000) requires installation adapter (not included),
iMac (Early 2001) requires installation adapter (not included),
iMac (Summer 2001) requires installation adapter (not included),
iMac (Flat Panel 800mhz and lower),
iMac (17-inch Flat Panel 800mhz only)
eMac (Summer 2002),
iBook (All models, except G4),
Power Mac G4 (AGP)/ Power Mac G4 Cube/ Power Mac G4 (Gigabit Ethernet)/ Power Mac G4 (Digital Audio)/ Power Mac G4 (QuickSilver)/ Power Mac G4 (QuickSilver 2002)/ Power Mac G4 (Mirrored Drive Doors non-Firewire 800 models), PowerBook G3 (FireWire / Pismo)
PowerBook G4 (Titanium)
PowerBook G4 (Gigabit Ethernet),
PowerBook G4 (DVI),
PowerBook G4 (1GHz/867 Mhz)
Installation instructions for iBook
Installation instructions for iMac Slot loading
Installation instructions for iMac Flat Panel
Installation instructions for Power Mac G4
Installation instructions for Power Mac G4 (AGP Graphics)
Installation instructions for Power Mac G4 Cube
Installation instructions for Power Mac G4 (Digital Audio/Gigabit Ethernet)
This item is subject to a $2.00 restocking fee if returned for a non-defective reason, which covers the original postage that is included in the purchase price. Please check with us to verify compatibility with your Mac before purchasing if you are unable to find your Mac on the above compatibility list.
FAQ- some common questions about Apple Airport cards:
Can I use my Airport card with newer 802.11g and 802.11n routers?
-While the Apple Airport card is the easiest WiFi card to use with a compatible Mac because it generally requires no software installation, the 802.11b standard is getting older. You can still use it with newer 802.11g and 802.11n routers, but you may find file transfer speeds slower than desired. At Rokland we have developed a number of 802.11g and 802.11n WiFi products that work with Macs. Note that our own products require OS 10.3 or later.
When I try to connect to my wireless signal, I am prompted for a WPA-PSK passkey, and I enter my key but it will not connect- how come?
-The original Apple Airport cards are compatible with 64 and 128-bit WEP encryption, but are not compatible with WPA and WPA2 encryption. If you need to access a WPA or WPA2 encrypted network, you may want to take a look at some of our Mac-compatible USB WiFi options.
If my Mac does not have an Airport card slot, does that mean there is no way I can connect to a wireless network?
-If you have OS 10.2 or earlier, and your Mac does not have an Airport card slot, it may be tough to get WiFi access. If your Mac has a PCMCIA card slot, you may be able to get a compatible PCMCIA WiFi card. If your Mac has OS 10.3 or later, you can easily add WiFi functionality via one of our Mac-compatible USB WiFi devices.