The camcorder finally turned up at Micro Center. I’m gonna make DVDs of our home movies… With soundtracks and titles and everything.
Got an SMC7004AWBR 4-port Wireless Broadband Router.
It works, except that there’s no way to get to the main configuration screen. All the other navigator links work; I can set up firewall options, define a DMZ machine, and so on. I just can’t actually tell it my ISP or anything useful like that. I can plug it into my existing router and use it as a wireless access point, or alternatively it’ll do as a doorstop.
I’ve sent e-mail to SMC. Maybe they’ll have a simple solution by tomorrow night. If not, back to Micro Center it goes…
Oh well, at least I now know my Airport card works.
My Airport card arrived. Installed it in the G4, which was tougher than I expected. Getting the machine open was easy, though I had to unplug a couple of the cables. It also didn’t take me long to work out that the piece of green PCB attached to the Airport card had to be some kind of extra part for use in other computers (iBooks maybe?) and not something I had to use.
The bit that took the time, though, was working out why the card wouldn’t go in the slot. It turned out that the manual showed it being inserted the wrong way up, and there’s a pin which is invisible from the angle I was looking, which prevents you from doing that.
Anyway, I now have IEEE 802.11b support. Tomorrow evening I’ll go to Micro Center and get a wireless router and firewall.