[conspire] Airport card for Calvin

Daniel Gimpelevich daniel at gimpelevich.san-francisco.ca.us
Wed Nov 17 11:24:10 PST 2004

The moment I sent the below, I got a mailing from the cheapest place to
get a genuine Apple AirPort card advertising the very solution that Calvin
already uses for $80! http://www.macwireless.com/html/products/11g_11b_cards/11bUSB.html

On Wed, 17 Nov 2004 11:13:25 -0800, Daniel Gimpelevich wrote:

> Last I checked, bridges cost more than access points. I guess that 
> should now be THE answer for non-laptops. For iBooks, the challenge to 
> find a good solution for less than $80-$90 continues...
> It now occurs to me that when Calvin said "just as high as the 
> airport," he was referring to the Base Station, not a card. Sometimes 
> supply and demand play tricks on the mind, such as making one think 
> that somehow the card should be less that the Base Station.
> On Wednesday, November 17, 2004, at 10:24  AM, Greg Dougherty wrote:
>> I have a client who wanted to put an airport card in his iMac DV.  Of 
>> course,
>> the "Airport Extreme" won't install in his computer (Steve Jobs IS the 
>> reason
>> why I'm moving to Linux).  So I got him a 802.11b bridge.  $50 at Frys.
>> Not a great solution for those who need to move around a lot, but it 
>> would let
>> you, for example, put a "reverse hot spot" in each classroom (hubs and 
>> switches
>> are cheap.
>> Greg
>> On 11/15/04, Daniel Gimpelevich 
>> <daniel at gimpelevich.san-francisco.ca.us> writes:
>>> If you can find an actual AirPort card for that low a price, I 
>>> suggest you
>>> grab it, because on eBay, bidding usually starts around $120 and only 
>>> goes
>>> up from there.
>>> On Mon, 15 Nov 2004 00:38:59 -0800, Calvin Wong wrote:
>>>> wow. the price is just as high as the airport.... )=
>>>> On Mon, 15 Nov 2004, Daniel Gimpelevich wrote:
>>>>> Apparently, this was featured on lowendmac.com in August, with 
>>>>> pictures
>>>>> showing how to install. A quick google search turned this up on the 
>>>>> second
>>>>> page: http://www.shoplet.com/hardware/db/1571626.html
>>>>> On Sun, 14 Nov 2004 20:51:13 -0800, Ross Bernheim wrote:
>>>>>> At the Conspire meeting you mentioned that you are searching for
>>>>>> an Airport card for your iBook. I ran across this on a newsgroup.
>>>>>> IRO a écrit :
>>>>>>> G'day,
>>>>>>> at our local school we have a dozen or so 2 year-old 12.1" iBooks 
>>>>>>> that
>>>>>>> we would like to kit out with Airport cards. If Apple have ceased
>>>>>>> production of Airport cards are we basically knackered, since 
>>>>>>> there is
>>>>>>> no way we could afford the inflated prices the cards are going 
>>>>>>> for on
>>>>>>> eBay.
>>>>>>> Alternatively are there any PCMCIA cards that could be fitted to 
>>>>>>> the
>>>>>>> iBooks?
>>>>>> I found on that french forum
>>>>>> <http://forums.macgeneration.com/vbulletin/
>>>>>> showthread.php?t=73011&highlight=airport+sony>
>>>>>> that Airport cards are actually rebadged Lucent cards, and Sony 
>>>>>> uses the
>>>>>> exact same cards for their VAIO laptops, under the following 
>>>>>> reference:
>>>>>> VAIO - PCWA-C150S. I believe they are easier to come by.
>>>>>> You just have to pull off the clipped antenna and you got yourself 
>>>>>> a
>>>>>> perfectly functionnal Airport card.  :)
>>>>>> I don't know about the prices of those cards, but I think they 
>>>>>> could be
>>>>>> cheaper than those overhyped Airport cards...
>>>>>> End quoted text.
>>>>>> Enjoy,
>>>>>> Ross
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