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I have an older (6 yrs) iMac and have always used a wired internet/phone

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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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Hello and thank you for asking your question, with JustAnswer.com/Mac. I am Sr. Mac Tech Support Specialist, Terry, glad to assist you.

Customer:

Hi ~ I'm Janet. Not even sure what to ask!

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What type of wireless modem (brand and model) did you order for your wireless network?

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Its ok Jane:)

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I will help you here

Customer:

Don't know, it will be rented from Cable One.

MacTechTrainer :

Ok so that wireless modem is going to be your way to connect to the Internet from Cable One- is this correct?

Customer:

Yes, and phone. I am ultimately hoping my Wii, and therefore Netflix, will work on wireless.

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They will

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do you have more than just the iMac in your soon-to-be home wireless network Jane, or is it just the iMac?

Customer:

just the iMac ~ if you don't mean printer

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Actually it is good to know you have a printer as well

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is the printer going to be hooked up regularly to your iMac?

Customer:

yes?

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I am asking, because if that is the case, you should be good to go

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As long as you have an wireless card built into your iMac

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and I know you do

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it is called the Airport Extreme Wireless card

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and it will allow your imac to communicate with your new Cable One wireless modem

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so you can connect with your imac wirelessly to your new network

Customer:

Oh, I have an external hard drive also. Let me look for the wireless card

MacTechTrainer :

to check for the wireless card in your Mac, Jane,

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just click on the black Apple menu icon in the upper left corner of your screen and select About this Mac

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then select the More Info button

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that will take you into what we call "System Profiler"

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which allows you to view all devices and connections on your iMac

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including the wireless card

Customer:

Well, can't seem to find that ~ is it under Ethernet?

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try there

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I cannot see from my PC computer here, but you can be my eyes

Customer:

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?

MacTechTrainer :

Once the new wireless modem is connected in your home network and goes live

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your AirPort card in your Mac should be able to discover that new modem

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and allow you to connect to the Internet

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your cable installer person should be able to make sure that happens before he leaves

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if not

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I want you to bookmark this web page

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in your web browser

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so if you need ME to help you set that up with the new modem

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I will be glad to do that for you

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but this should be an easy connection, once the wireless modem is connected

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because then, like I was explaining, the iMac should find the wireless modem connection

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and connect you to the Internet-

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I will just be an "insurance" for you

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to make sure that does happen Jane!

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:)

Customer:

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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excellent

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