updated 05:50 am EDT, Mon June 23, 2008
802.11g on older Macs
Macwireless has released two wireless cards designed to breathe "networking" life into older Macs. With the '11g PCI' and '11g PC' cards, users now have the ability to upgrade their Macs to the latest 802.11g spec, without need of third-party applications or software. The Macwireless 11g PCI card, available for Mac OS X 10.2.6 and above systems for $80, and for OS X 10.3.3 and above for $70, offers full 802.11g 54Mbps functionality and data transfer speed. Designed for Macs with a standard PCI slot (all Macs released after the 'beige' PowerMac G3, excluding G4 cube and G5-based systems), the internal PCI card integrates directly with Mac OS X's AirPort software.
Next in line is the Macwireless 11g PC Card, a wireless 802.11g PC card designed to work with the Powerbook G3, Powerbook G3 bronze keyboard and Powerbook G4 models that feature PCMCIA expansion slots. Compatible with Mac OS X 10.3 and later, the card is priced at $70 (or $100 with an external antenna port).
Macwireless has also announced an incentive 'trade-in' program. With the purchase of any Macwireless product, buyers can exchange their old AirPort wireless card for a $50 ($20 for Airport Extreme) credit.