How to Connect an IBook to Wireless Internet

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The later generations of Apple’s iBook lineup of laptops included support for Apple’s AirPort Extreme wireless networking cards. However, not all iBooks have an AirPort card; at purchase time from Apple, adding an AirPort card was an option. If your iBook has an AirPort card installed, you’ll be able to quickly connect to a wireless network. If not, you’ll need to install an AirPort card before you can proceed.

Connecting with Airport

  • Click the Apple icon in the top left corner of your screen. Select “System Preferences.”

  • Click “Network” and then select “Network Port Configurations” in the Show drop-down menu.

  • Check the box next to “AirPort” to enable the AirPort connect. Select “AirPort” from the Show drop-down.

  • Click the “TCP/IP” tab. Select either “Manually” or “Using DHCP” in the Configure IPv4 drop-down. DHCP automatically completes settings based on your network and is considered the default option. Use “Manually” if you’re unable to connect via DHCP; fill in your network details to make the connection work.

  • Click the “Airport” tab and pick options to control the computer's Internet connection on restart or waking. Click “Apply Now” to save all changes.

  • Click the AirPort icon in the upper right corner of the Mac menu bar. Choose “Turn AirPort On” and then click your wireless network to connect.

Installing an AirPort Card

  • Place your iBook on a clean surface that gives you room to work. Shut down the computer and wait at least a half-hour before continuing.

  • Disconnect all cables running to the computer, including network and power cords. Disconnecting cords ensures your safety while working inside the computer and helps prevent accidental damage to components.

  • Flip the computer over to expose its underside. Turn the battery latch clockwise with a coin, and you’ll be able to pull the battery from the laptop’s body. Removing the battery prevents the computer from booting on during the installation.

  • Flip the computer over again and open the lid. Unlock the keyboard screw, located at the top center of your keyboard, by turning it counterclockwise.

  • Slide the keyboard release tabs near the F1 and F12 keys down to release the keyboard. Flip the keyboard down onto the iBook’s touch pad.

  • Discharge any built-up static electricity by touching part of the computer frame. Even a small static charge can fry your processor or hard drive.

  • Unlatch the small wire holder that covers the AirPort slot. at the upper left side of the laptop.

  • Connect the antenna cable to the AirPort card and then slide the card into the card slot. Secure the card by re-latching the flexible wire bracket.

  • Close the computer, replace the battery and power the device on. You can now set up an AirPort connection.

Tips & Warnings

  • To determine whether your iBook has an AirPort card installed, click “About This Mac” from the Apple menu, select “More Info” and then read through the System Profiler. If you receive a “No Information Found” message when you select the “AirPort Card” option, your iBook does not currently have an AirPort card installed.
  • The “AirPort” menu item in your Network preferences window (accessible through System Preferences) gives you the option of adding AirPort’s status to your menu bar. Click the check box next to “Show AirPort status in menu bar” to enable the option.
  • Information in this article applies to Apple iBooks manufactured between 1999 and 2006. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products, and different iBook models support different iterations of the Mac operating system. For specific instructions relating to your make and model of laptop, consult the manual that came with the device.

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