I have an older (6 yrs) iMac and have always used a wired internet/phone modem. I have just switched to Cable TV from my Dish (dropped AMC) but don't have it yet. I ordered a wireless modem for internet/phone but now I'm wondering if I can do that with my iMac ~ do I need to set up a "wireless network"? How? Is there any hardware I might be missing?
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Hi ~ I'm Janet. Not even sure what to ask!
What type of wireless modem (brand and model) did you order for your wireless network?
Its ok Jane:)
I will help you here
Don't know, it will be rented from Cable One.
Ok so that wireless modem is going to be your way to connect to the Internet from Cable One- is this correct?
Yes, and phone. I am ultimately hoping my Wii, and therefore Netflix, will work on wireless.
do you have more than just the iMac in your soon-to-be home wireless network Jane, or is it just the iMac?
just the iMac ~ if you don't mean printer
Actually it is good to know you have a printer as well
is the printer going to be hooked up regularly to your iMac?
I am asking, because if that is the case, you should be good to go
As long as you have an wireless card built into your iMac
and I know you do
it is called the Airport Extreme Wireless card
and it will allow your imac to communicate with your new Cable One wireless modem
so you can connect with your imac wirelessly to your new network
Oh, I have an external hard drive also. Let me look for the wireless card
to check for the wireless card in your Mac, Jane,
just click on the black Apple menu icon in the upper left corner of your screen and select About this Mac
then select the More Info button
that will take you into what we call "System Profiler"
which allows you to view all devices and connections on your iMac
including the wireless card
Well, can't seem to find that ~ is it under Ethernet?
I cannot see from my PC computer here, but you can be my eyes
OK, I see it. So I should be good to go? I know the cable installer will not touch my computer and I don't know what settings might be necessary, if any?
Once the new wireless modem is connected in your home network and goes live
your AirPort card in your Mac should be able to discover that new modem
and allow you to connect to the Internet
your cable installer person should be able to make sure that happens before he leaves
I want you to bookmark this web page
in your web browser
so if you need ME to help you set that up with the new modem
I will be glad to do that for you
but this should be an easy connection, once the wireless modem is connected
because then, like I was explaining, the iMac should find the wireless modem connection
and connect you to the Internet-
I will just be an "insurance" for you
to make sure that does happen Jane!
Thank you! I understand now what will happen and you are bookmarked just in case. Think we are done for now ~ thank you!
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