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5.0 out of 5 stars easy to install, works instantly, September 29, 2005
This review is from: Apple M8881LL/A AirPort Extreme Card (Personal Computers)
The beauty of Apple is the simplicity of their products - the Mac, the iPod, everything just works without having to consult Carl Sagan, Neil Armstrong or Miss Cleo.

A note to those wanting to go wireless with an older computer: The Airport Card and the Airport Extreme Card are two different critters. They look different and this card will not work on older Macs fitted for the standard Airport card. Apple doesn't even sell the old Airport cards anymore. If you have an older Mac and want to get more speed, you cannot hotwire it to do more with the newer card - you'll just blow a gasket on your Mac.

If you're adding a new computer to your existing Airport-based network and are underwhelmed by the performance, you may be using an original Airport Base Station - these older models maxxed out at 11bps, where the new ones max out at 54bps - a nearly 500% increase in network access speed.

This is NOT the model to get for a Mac Mini. The Mac Mini has a different form factor and has a slot for a special Airport & Bluetooth combo card that this card will not work with.

Installation is a snap - literally. Pop it into place and attach the antenna cord and you've got WiFi. I installed one of these on my older 1Ghz iBook G4 and instantly saw all the wireless networks in my neighborhood. Viva la Macintosh!
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Initial post: Sep 13, 2011 4:40:45 AM PDT
DMA says:
I have a first generation MacMini - can you recommend a card to use to make it wireless?
Thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 13, 2011 7:53:06 AM PDT
Apple has never made a consumer-installable Airport card for any of the Mac Minis. The module is very different on Mac Minis - where the bluetooth & wifi module are on the same chip/cable. I've seen these installed, and it's not for the faint of heart. Even if you've taken apart the Mini before, I would not recommend attempting such an install yourself if you are able to acquire the module. It's very easy not only to damage the WiFi/BT module (all of which could fit on a quarter), but it's also easy to damage the inside of the Mac Mini while installing it. It's just a train wreck to do. I'm not 100% sure that module was even available for the 1st gen Mac Mini - but I know it was in later models.

Instead, I'd recommend getting a dongle that you can connect via USB or via Ethernet... you can search "usb to wifi" to help you find one. The trick will be to find one that will work on a G4 (pre-Intel) Mac. I know they made these devices back when the Mini came out, but I doubt they are still manufactured - you'd have to find one online - I'm sure there are plenty to be found on eBay, etc. as people have upgraded from their older pre-Intel Macs. There are many USB to WiFi adapters out there - but you need to research for one that will work w/ your machine. They often require some software to work, and if there is no driver for it for a G4 Mac, you won't be able to use it.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 13, 2011 9:43:53 AM PDT
DMA says:
Wow. Thanks!
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