I have an older Mac that does not have an internal ethernet card how can I get it to pick up my wireless signal from the airport express?

My new Mac, airport express are in the lower level of the house and my old Mac is upstairs that I want to be able to get online.

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    Assuming your old Mac has USB, take a look at the Newer Tech USB WiFi adapters at OWC. (I tried to post a link, but this forum apparently does not allow that.). There is an 802.11b/g model and an 802.11b/g/n model.

    Good luck.

  • your mac in order to work with Airport products would require either an ethernet port for a wired connection or have airport hardware installed. If you have neither there are products on the market that could provide wired or wireless ethernet through a usb port. Just make sure that it is compatible with your OS version.

  • Without knowing the specific model of your older Mac, it's difficult to answer this question definitively. That said, I'm going to hazard a guess that if your older Mac doesn't have an internal ethernet card then it probably also doesn't have a built in wireless adapter, so you're going to need to buy an external wireless usb card. Before you buy anything though, make sure that the card you buy is compatible with your version of Mac OS so that you're not disappointed.