Skip to comments.OK. I have a Mac- now what?
Posted on 09/05/2007 7:44:41 PM PDT by perfect stranger
Installing a wireless USB connection went by without a hitch with my Compaq using XP Pro, but not with this machine.
What am I missing?
Direct connect your mac into your router using a network cable, go to the website for the manufacturer of your wireless network USB dongle, look to see if they have any Mac drivers for it.
What operating system are you using on your MAC?
How do I find that out from the desktop?
Look for “About this Mac.”
I’m using OS 9.2
Ok, my husband is thinking about this.
I’ve been exploring it for a few hours before posting and That one thing I didn’t see aywhere.
Click on the Apple in the upper left hand corner of the screen, select “About this Mac”, then click on the “More Info...” button. Click on the word “Hardware” on the left side of the window that appears, and copy the contents of the right side of the window where it says “Harware Overview”. Paste it in the thread...:)
If you are trying to make your old MAC a wireless to hook up to your router; then you have to use an ethernet client bridge.
One more answer coming up fm.
The client bridge is also marketed as wireless gaming adapters.
I never heard of wireless USB.
‘About this Mac’ comes up as ‘About this Computer” and has none of those options.
Check with Office Max or Staples and tell them what you are looking for and what you are trying to do.
My apologies. I meant a wireless connection plugged in through a USB.
No...is that a problem?
Ahhhh. 9.2. You should get the updates at least from the Apple website and install them.
You can run OSX on it. I have an older machine than that one, I think, at work that runs OS X (Tiger) and it is a 600 mhz model with 192MB RAM running four or five simple web served databases...:)
Does just fine, but no heavy lifting for it.
PS Disregard my last post...doesn’t apply to you!
Sorry, I’ll move on. Good luck.
Do you mean a wireless access point from a USB connection?
If so, that’s not how Macs work. You need an airport card or hardwire.
What am I missing?..........A computer?.....
Nope- got plenty of them. AAMAF 6 Windows Machines on and online right now, but Mac is new to me.
Huh? That’s an old iMac.
Does your wife know you are doing this?...:)
Does it have Firewire ports on it?
Then why the Mac?..........just felt the urge to to try something strange?.......
Yeah, you can hardwire through ethernet or use the built in modem, but the only wireless you’ll get for it is an airport card or ethernet plug into an airport express which plugs into the wall anyway.
Looks like your mac is doing about the same as what ours is doing at work, acting as an expensive doorstop because we couldn’t get it networked.
Hope you kept your PC handy.
Don’t tell that to your wife. It won’t work, believe me.......
LOL...couldn’t get it networked? Why not?
Your problem is Apple Airports were in second gen before pcs were even starting to get out of the wireless gate. No one ever had a need to build a USB wireless access point for Mac.
Two words: Eye Tea.
yup, that’s what happened. I posted it on FR on some mac thread not long ago.
I am the go-to guy in my institution for Macs...which is okay. I get along with IT, and they just direct people to me. I can usually get em fixed up in no time at all. I can also remove some of the FUD, since the IT guys respect me and will listen to me and help out when they can.
Works all around for me...:)
Ahh. They were actively opposed to having any Macs on their network? That’s too bad. I mean, my folks won’t activate IMAP on their Exchange server, which is needed to run Entourage on the Mac. IMAP has inherent security risks associated with it (in the opinion of our IT folks) and they just won’t do it, so anyone with a Mac has to use webmail. Eck.
Hell, maybe moderate moslems DO exist!
“You can run OSX on it.”
I wouldn’t run anything higher than 10.3 (Panther) on that machine because of the memory limitations...I think the G3 iMacs max out at 512 mb. You can get Panther install CD’s cheap on Ebay as well.
Yeah. It depends on what you want to do with the machine. For simple web browsing, word processing and such, one of those with 512 is okay and somewhat enjoyable.
“Honey, what are you doing in the cellar?”
“Oh, I am just networking another computer I found at the end of the driveway up the street...”
“WHAT! ANOTHER ONE???”
That's pretty funny. Knowing the salespeople that work in places like that, asking a question such as that would be an interesting experiment, but probably not very helpful. I'll bet $10 they try to sell him a remote control or an iPod.