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    Ok, I have a home wireless network that is transmitted at "g." I have a new 17" PB with Airport Express installed. We also recently got a used 15" PB at 500 Mhz. The 15" does not currently have airport installed. Here's my dilema:

    Should I get the original airport card that only transmits at "b," and if I do get that, can I install it myself, and do I need a special adapter or something?

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    Should I just get an external "g" card that plugs into the PC slot? If I go with that, are they all compatible with mac? What would be a good, cheap, and mac compatible "g" card?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rs2sensen
    Ok, I have a home wireless network that is transmitted at "g." I have a new 17" PB with Airport Express installed. We also recently got a used 15" PB at 500 Mhz. The 15" does not currently have airport installed. Here's my dilema:

    Should I get the original airport card that only transmits at "b," and if I do get that, can I install it myself, and do I need a special adapter or something?

    or

    Should I just get an external "g" card that plugs into the PC slot? If I go with that, are they all compatible with mac? What would be a good, cheap, and mac compatible "g" card?

    Thanks!
    I suppose it would depend on what type of info you are transferring on the network and how frequently you do so. I personally don't use my home network for much more than iTunes library sharing, and sending word docs. So if I were in your position, the original AirPort and 'b' would be plenty fast, so I would go that route (especially since it is internal and out-of-sight). However, if you frequently share large files, the external 'g' may work better for you. Regarding the installation of the card, I only know for G3 ibooks, but I imagine the PB can't be much different. IF that is the case no 'specialty' tools are required other than maybe a size 0 phillips screwdriver. Other than that the card just slides in like with the new Extream versions (only about twice the size).

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    Will this card work? It's the Belkin card advertised on the apple website, but walmart had the cheapest price. It says it needs a 32-Bit Card Bus slot. Does the 500Mhz have that?

    http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...498#long_descr

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    Quote Originally Posted by rs2sensen
    Will this card work? It's the Belkin card advertised on the apple website, but walmart had the cheapest price. It says it needs a 32-Bit Card Bus slot. Does the 500Mhz have that?

    http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...498#long_descr

    In theory that card should work just fine (I'll eat my hat if the PB doesn't have a PCMCIA slot) but for some strange reason many Belkin products are not supported on the Mac.

    -Chris

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    but I wasn't sure abt. the 32-Bit part. I know it's Type I and II on the 500Mhz PB. I'd think it would work ok, it is the one on Apple's website.

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