Yokemate of Keyboards
Posts: 2790 from 2006/3/21
From: Northern Calif...
So you say that after this long wait, there is no suport for the wifi, then no mening for me to get a powerbook then
If you have been reading my posts and those of several other members here, there are several ways to setup a wireless networking equivalent, such as the NetGear WNCE2001-100NAR that I purchased refurbished and with a discount coupon from NewEgg for less than $12 including delivery to my front door. It works really well, is very small and light, can be powered by the PowerBook's USB port, connects to your WLAN with easy installation instructions and connects to the PowerBook's Ethernet port by standard cable. So, with this device, or other similar devices, it makes it easy to have a portable wireless networking solution, your until the work is finished to support the Atheros5000 wireless CardBus NIC's, which were announced earlier as being worked on, to provide wireless networking and Internet access. There is also a possibility that some third party software developer(s), or the MorphOS Dev. Team themselves, will write drivers and other related software components required to support the G4 PowerBook's built-in AirPort Extreme card, but no one has announced that they are working on, or will work on supporting the AirPort card inside the G4 PowerBook's.
I would guess that completing work on the Atheros5000 chipset wireless CardBus NIC's that has already been started will be the highest, or one of the highest priorities to complete for inclusion in a MorphOS3.1 release, which should come within a few weeks, or months, not 1-1/2 to 2 years, now that most of the difficult work has been completed for the support of G4 PowerBook's.
Wireless networking and Internet support is probably going to be the most sought after feature asked for my most MorphOS3.0 users (like yourself) who own G4 PowerBook's, so I believe that the MorphOS Dev. Team will listen to their users and work toward providing what the users want, by completing the work that was already started as shown by the one of two MorphOS Dev. Team members who have been seen using an Atheros5000 chipset wireless CardBus NIC on their own G4 PowerBook's to access the Internet wirelessly at events in the past. There must have been additional work required to finalize the support for those Atheros5000 CardBus NIC's, or the Dev. Team would have included support for them with MorphOS3.0.
So, go ahead and find yourself a MorphOS3.0 compatible G4 PowerBook to purchase and enjoy MorphOS3.0 either without any wireless Internet connectivity for now, or also find one of the devices like I am using, or like the devices other MorphOS users are using, to provide yourself with the portability like what you want from the built-in AirPort Extreme card, or the soon to be supported Atheros5000 CardBus NIC's. There is no reason to wait for actual support of the Atheros5000 wireless NIC's, or support for the built-in AirPort cards, since we have other alternatives that can provide wireless Internet access at a low cost.
MorphOS - The best Next Gen Amiga choice.