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Internet, Networking, and Wireless Discussion of networking, internet, and wireless including Apple's Airport products.

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I have just installed an airport card in my Imac G5 1.8 running 10.3.9. My wife recently got a macbook 2.0ghz running 10.4.11. Her computer instantly detected all the wireless networks in the building and uses one of many that are not password protected. My computer sees my new wireless card but doesn't seem to find any of the networks. Airport even appears in the top right but the signal is grayed out. When I got into system pref, it says "airport is turned on but not connected to a network". When I open internet connect, no networks appear. Any thoughts on how I can get these networks to show up?
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Did you be sure you plugged in the Antenna into the Airport Extreme card when you installed it?

One reminder here because you are new to the Forums. Talk of stealing WiFi from others it not really allowed here on Mac Forums.
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antenna is plugged in...
as for stealing wifi...sorry for the mistake there...I do know the folks I am "stealing" it from though and they're ok with it.
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antenna is plugged in...
as for stealing wifi...sorry for the mistake there...I do know the folks I am "stealing" it from though and they're ok with it.
If the people know and are fine with it then it's between you and them. I just wanted to warn you in case.

What is the signal strength like on your wifes system?

Yours is an iMac G5? The one where the computer is built into the screen? You installed an Airport Express card? Where did you get the card? You should be getting some networks showing since your wife can. Is your Wife's and your system close to each other when you try?
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the signal strength is pretty good on my wife's computer whether it's near my machine or not. My Imac is the built in screen version. I got the airport express card at the apple store.
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the signal strength is pretty good on my wife's computer whether it's near my machine or not. My Imac is the built in screen version. I got the airport express card at the apple store.
My iMac G5 has very good reception. That is why I was wondering about the antenna. The contact it plugs into is quite small. I had the antenna come unplugged on my Mac Mini once and I had to be very close to the router for it to pick it up. You say you are running 10.3.9?
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10.3.9 yup

I'm going to open the cover again here and check the antenna but I'm pretty sure I felt it click in nicely.
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still no luck...even unplugged the cordless phone in the room...
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I wish I could offer more help but if the antenna is working you should see some signal from something if you wife can. Will think on it more and get back to you.
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thanks for your help...don't lose sleep over it though!
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antenna is plugged in...
as for stealing wifi...sorry for the mistake there...I do know the folks I am "stealing" it from though and they're ok with it.
One other thing to note - if you don't use security on a wireless network, all of your transmissions (including credit card numbers and personal data) are being transmitted in plain text, over the airwaves. There is nothing stopping someone with even a modicum of savvy from intercepting those transmissions, completely unbeknownst to you and using it to steal your identity. If indeed you know your neighbor and they're happy to share, ask them to set up WPA security (at the very least) to protect both you, him and the rest of the machines on the network.

Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!
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