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Airport Card in Powerbook G4...cannot see Linksys wireless router

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Hi,

My friend has a G4 powerbook with OS10 and has purchased an Airport card. (I'm a pc man.. so Mac knowledge a bit thin...) It came from an appple reseller in france, just an antistatic bag with card and no software. I plugged it into the slot on the side... and expected something to happen... but nothing. I found the airport stuff in networking and internet connect.. I can see an airport hex address (my pc speak MAC address) associated with the card but it does not pick up my linksys wireless router. I've got four PCs working happily.. no WEP, no MAC address filtering.. it's open.. totally. I've no way of knowing if the card is working ok. all the MAC networking stuff is configured for DHCP.. so is my router... stuck... can anyone help...

cheers

Rob
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by:brianpark
ID: 13404608
Hey, did you have to open up the chassis and install the card? did you connect the two antennas?

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by:chamonixman
ID: 13407674
ermmmm no its a laptop style.... pc card slot into the side of the machine... didn't get any antennas.... I don't have antennas on my pc wireless cards.....
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by:sciwriter
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Generally, an airport card is set up to connect to an airport hub -- this is MAC, and they thrive on proprietary solutions, you know -- so you will have to get into some custom configuration to even get it to see a kinsys.  Are you up to the MAC challenge?  Keep in mind, the default transport is set up for an airport hub.  If there was one in the area, it would have immediately connected.

So the first thing to do is go into the airport configuration and make sure it is compatible IP wise with the linksys, which defaults to 192.168.1.1.  You might set the airport with 192.168.1.200 (out of the DHCP range) and give it a gateway of 192.168.1.1.  If that doesn't work, try activating DHCP on the airport config.  There are many ways to get it working, you can also chack the apple site, but it is all in the TCP config.
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by:chamonixman
ID: 13411871
Ok I've tred configuing the ip address manually.. no joy... I plugged an ethernet cable in just in case to verify comms with the linksys hub.. no problem using DHCP, got an IP address straight away and surfed the net without issue. So I disconnect the ethernet... change the network config to Airport...but but nothing.  There is an Icon for Airport on the top right bar... options are Airport on and off, Other, Create Network, , Open Internet Connect,   Greyed out is a  "No Airport Networks in Range".

So  the card is not working, or receiving signals or of course the wrong type of signals.... I had another much older mac ... connected a few weeks ago.... absolutely no problem.....but this one is not playing the game. Is there a way I can verify the card is installed correctly and has the correct drivers etc...and see of there are good signal strengths. ....?

The operating system is Mac OS X version 10.2.1.. what is bizarre is on the back of the airport card the Airport ID is 0030652B76E2... but then I go into System profiler and in the network Overview section under airport I find an ethernet address of  00306507CC47... this is with the aiport card out.  the grey icon top right of the screen still allows me to turn Airport on and Off even with the card out.  

Am I to understand that this machine may already have a built in airport....?

Sorry but Macs are a mystery to me.......

cheers

Rob
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by:chamonixman
ID: 13412055
just another point I've checked the system profiler again and the apple website for this particular model and it seems..... to me anyway there is already a built in airport card.... bizarre ... no idea why me friend bought one as she enquired what was required with an apple dealer...anyway... seems the same question .... how can I verify operation of this card.....for drivers etc.....

cheers

Rob
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sciwriter earned 2000 total points
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<<  Create Network, , Open Internet Connect, >>

You need to go into those two and set it up for the right WIRELESS parameters -- those matching what the Linksys is broadcasting.  Just get into the WIRELESS setup for the linksys, and the WIRELESS SETUP for the card, and match them up.  Once the params are right, it should work -- but a WIRED connection does nothing for the WIRELESS setup parameters -- they are TOTALLY different.

There is lots of wireless networking software to monitor and check what is being broadcast, but you will have to match the two setups anyway, so why not START with metching the two WIRELESS setups?

http://www.google.com/search?num=30&hl=en&lr=&newwindow=1&safe=off&q=wireless+network+monitor+software&btnG=Search
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by:chamonixman
ID: 13415219
Found out the problem was the channel the linksys was braodcasting on.  It seems there are only channel 10 to 14 available on the Mac.. my linksys was on channel 1.  I know all you mac people will be exasperated but I don't find them intuititive at all, especially if you are trying to connect to anything  other than Apple stuff obviously my head is PC configured.... old dogs and new tricks spring to mind.hahaha

Thanks for the tips..

Rob
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by:sciwriter
ID: 13415224
Glad it worked Rob, it HAD to, because the wireless specs, channels, broadcast, etc, are actually indepenedent of the OS>
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by:chamonixman
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I know, it's just that for me finding my way around a mac is such a nightmare.. everything takes hours cos I'm looking for the wrong thing in the right place or the right thing in the wrong place....ahhhhhh computers don't ya just love to hate em......

thanks again....
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