Wavelan cards in my computers

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Wavelan cards in my computers

Hey I have a question regarding my Powerbook G4 ti 400 mhz. For wireless internet I have been using a Wavelan Silver card on Jaguar using the driver from IOEXPERTS, and I was wondering why on my desktop, a G4 dp 533 mhz, I can use an Orinoco Gold without any kind of non-apple drivers. Does this have to do with the difference between Silver and Gold? Jaguar on my laptop and Tiger on my desktop? or is there a hardware difference in the slots for these cards?

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Difference

The difference between the Silver and the Gold variant are their encryption depth: Silver has 40bit, Gold gets up to 128bit.

You can change your wavelan silver card into a gold one, though, solely by using the apple airport update 2.0.2 for OS 9. This update inlcudes a firmware upgrade for the wavelan silver card, which was used in the original airport graphite station. Give it a try.

Your wavelan card should without any problems run in the original airport slot of your titanium. That´s what it does within the airport slot of my ibook. I just needed to get rid of its housing so it fits under the keyboard.

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AP slot vs. PCcard slot

Any original-Lucent-chipped card installed into an AP slot looks just like an AP card to the system, ergo - no need for 3rd party drivers when installed in an AP slot. Neither the OS version nor card version (Silver vs. Gold) are at all relevant.

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Encryption

The encryption scheme is important as when you want to access an encrypted/protected WLAN. You can´t, e.g., access a 128bit WEP protected WLAN with either the lucent wavelan bronze or silver, only the wavelan gold supports 128bit encryption.

If you are solely using free, unencrypted WLAN hotspots or "neighbours", any lucent/orinocco based 11mbit card works, of course.

The encryption possibilites of the card decides about the network you can access.

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Why then are drivers produced

Why then are drivers produced by companies like IOXPERTS and why doesn't my Orinoco Silver or Gold card work in my ti book while they work in my G4 tower?

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Is the Orinioco going into th

Is the Orinioco going into the AP slot or the PC Card slot of the Ti Book? The IOXperts driver helps run unsupported cards, such as Prism based cards.

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