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#1 2014-07-08 10:00:15

Haemogoblin
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G3 Powerbook Pismo and WPA2 wifi, anyone got it to work?

Hi everyone

I know that the standard airport card inside my Pismo will only support WPA and was wondering if there was a work around. I've read that some PCMCIA cards can be connected to the Pismo and detected as airport cards, supporting WPA2.

Has anyone on here any experience in this area? I have beloved Pismo which I'd love to make WPA2 compatible.

If possible, I'd like to fit the card internally. I know it can be done, as a friend of mine used a stripped down card inside his iBook. Sadly I'm nolonger in touch with him, so I can't ask what he used.

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#2 2014-07-08 12:20:11

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Re: G3 Powerbook Pismo and WPA2 wifi, anyone got it to work?

... if you're running at least 10.3.

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#3 2014-07-08 12:52:01

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Re: G3 Powerbook Pismo and WPA2 wifi, anyone got it to work?

I'm running 10.4, the original airport card is damn picky about WPA encryption. It refuses to contact to my mobile hotspot which I set to WPA. So I think the time has come to swap the card. I just don't want it poking out the side.

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#4 2014-07-19 13:46:21

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Re: G3 Powerbook Pismo and WPA2 wifi, anyone got it to work?

If anyone is interested I might have found a way around this

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#5 2014-07-19 15:52:59

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Re: G3 Powerbook Pismo and WPA2 wifi, anyone got it to work?

I'm interested!

How did you do it?

I also have a Pismo running 10.4, and it would be nice to get it to work (I had an unsecured guest network set up for awhile which worked perfectly, but I had to take it down due to unscrupulous neighbors tapping into our internet connection).

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#6 2014-07-19 21:21:50

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Re: G3 Powerbook Pismo and WPA2 wifi, anyone got it to work?

The only information I have dug up for the original AirPort cards is that they only work with unencrypted, WPA-TKIP or WEP encryption. I'm not exactly sure on the WEP method because there's different kinds of WEP.

Still, a ORiNOCO Silver card requires that the machine be rebooted each time you switch WiFi networks...I didn't even bother with encryption.

Proper WPA2 access is afforded by the AirPort Extreme card, or I suppose a nice CardBus 802.11g card. I didn't snag any of those at my last WeirdStuff dig, only two 802.11b cards.

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#7 2016-06-23 03:47:31

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Re: G3 Powerbook Pismo and WPA2 wifi, anyone got it to work?

You could also run an extender as a router and have it set to WEP and only have it on when you're using those Macs. That's what I do, it's an easy and cheap option.

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#8 2016-06-23 06:13:53

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Re: G3 Powerbook Pismo and WPA2 wifi, anyone got it to work?

Well, my solution is having one of these in client mode. Gives me wireless-N speeds on anything that has an Ethernet port. Requires one free USB port or a USB wall adapter. Set it up on a modern computer then plug it into any old Mac. I use it on everything from a Mac IIx (and SE/30) on up to a 2001 iBook and 2003 G4 MDD. Works great and provides access to WPA2 networks.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B007PT … FZUEQ&vs=1

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#9 2016-06-23 07:41:11

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Re: G3 Powerbook Pismo and WPA2 wifi, anyone got it to work?

LarBob wrote:

You could also run an extender as a router and have it set to WEP and only have it on when you're using those Macs. That's what I do, it's an easy and cheap option.

Yep - I have an original graphite AirPort base station that I power up whenever I want to get on the network on my PB1400, or my TiBook wirelessly.

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#10 2016-06-23 15:04:46

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Re: G3 Powerbook Pismo and WPA2 wifi, anyone got it to work?

I just use a WPA game adaptor box. My TiBook in OS 9 can power it with the FireWire. It actually works.

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#11 2016-06-29 19:07:48

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Re: G3 Powerbook Pismo and WPA2 wifi, anyone got it to work?

LarBob wrote:

You could also run an extender as a router and have it set to WEP and only have it on when you're using those Macs. That's what I do, it's an easy and cheap option.

Sort of what I have done in the past.  I have a main wifi network that is WPA2.  I used an extra Airport Extreme base station as a wired client to the WPA2 router, and I created a subnetwork that runs WEP (128 bits), and I used MAC address filtering on the AEBS so only my older Macs with first-gen Airport cards and other old wireless cards under OS 9 that can't do WPA can connect to the WEP subnetwork. 

My other solution to that is to use a wireless Ethernet bridge connected to the WPA2 network.  The Macs see this as a wired Ethernet connection, even under system software prior to OS 9.  This in particular is how I network my PM 7600 under OS 8.1, 8.6 and 9.1.

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