How to Connect the G4 Cube to Wireless Internet

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How to Connect the G4 Cube to Wireless Internet
AirPort cards connect to the Internet via wireless routers, like this one. (wlan router 04 image by pmphoto from

Connecting an Apple Power Mac G4 Cube to a wireless Internet connection requires a wireless card compatible with the Cube. In addition to a Wi-Fi adaptor on the computer, you must have a wireless network to which to connect. A wireless network connection is provided by a wireless router, which distributes a wired Internet connection to multiple devices wirelessly. The AirPort card, manufactured by Apple, is a plug-and-play solution for Wi-Fi connectivity on the G4 Cube. The adaptor's wiring is pre-installed inside the case, meaning no tools or external connections are required.

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Things you need

  • AirPort card
  • Wi-Fi network
  • Soft cloth

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  1. 1

    Turn off your Power Mac G4 Cube.

  2. 2

    Unplug all cables from the G4 Cube, with the exception of the power cable.

  3. 3

    Turn the Power Mac G4 Cube over on a soft cloth, so that the bottom faces up.

  4. 4

    Touch the metal surrounding the port access covers on the back of the G4 Cube to discharge static electricity.

  5. 5

    Unplug the power cable from the G4 Cube after discharging static electricity.

  6. 6

    Push down on the case latch to release it and pull the core of the G4 Cube, the bottom of the computer, apart from the top of the case.

  7. 7

    Install the AirPort card by inserting it into the PCI card guide on the core and into the rectangular AirPort card connector on the computer's logic board.

  8. 8

    Attach the coax antenna cable for the AirPort card into the appropriate round-shaped slot on the AirPort card. The cable is included on all Power Mac G4 models, but it may be hidden behind the PCI card guide.

  9. 9

    Hold the core of the computer by the latch and insert the core into the G4 Cube case. Remember to align the ports with the back of the case; the core fits inside the case in only one way.

  10. 10

    Push down on the case until it locks into place. Turn your Power Mac G4 Cube over and reconnect all cables, including the power cable. Turn the computer on along with your monitor.

  11. 11

    Connect to a wireless network once the G4 Cube loads the operating system. In Mac OS 9, click the AirPort icon at the bottom of the control strip and select the wireless network to which you want to connect. In Mac OS X, select the network by clicking the AirPort logo in the menu bar at the top of the screen.

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