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Chapter 5. Meet Your Macintosh > How Do I Install an AirPort Card in My Mac?

How Do I Install an AirPort Card in My Mac?

If it is not already built in, every current Mac includes a socket for an AirPort wireless network card as well as built-in antennas. On the iMac, you’ll be asked to remove the bottom plate of your computer, a process made easier because the retaining screws are captive and won’t fall out, even when loose. This is yet another nice touch that Apple builds in to your Mac. There are specific instructions for installing an AirPort card in each Mac model. You should follow them, as the cards can be somewhat challenging to install. The instructions often are in your Mac near the AirPort socket itself. For example, the 15-inch PowerBook features the instructions inside the space where the battery lives.

Be very careful with the antenna cable that you must connect to the AirPort card. The cable and coaxial fitting are tougher than they look, but you still need to avoid damaging the connector or the AirPort card. Also, make sure the card is right side up before trying to insert it into the connector on the Mac. It will only go one way, and trying to force it will only result in a broken card, Mac, or both. And although it looks a lot like a PC Card, don’t plug it into the PC Card slot on your PowerBook. It won’t work there.


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