The PowerMac G5 is a desktop computer first produced in 2003 by the Apple Corporation. This guide will review the repair process of an Apple PowerMac G5 model number A1047 EMC 2061 from 2004. It was discontinued in 2006 as part of the Intel switch first to developers then consumers.

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Connecting Mac G5 to wifi

I'd like to connect my old Mac G5 to wifi. I have the wifi antenna which is plugged in but do I need some sort of card or adaptor?

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Boy you're late to the party ;-}

Yes, there is an AirPort Express card (802.11b) you could get as an option. Sadly, today we are using much faster WiFi connections and it's likely your router (AP) won't support this older standard. I would recommend getting a standalone AirPort Express unit so you can hook it up via the Ethernet port on your system to then connect to your router over WiFi.

But before you go down this path... Are you sure you want to connect your system to the internet?

Most of the software your system is using won't offer the same fidelity as newer systems running newer OS & apps. Besides, your systems security could be at risk as Apple has long since stopped issuing updates on the older OS's this system uses.

Here's a vid on how to install it: How to install airport card in a Power Mac G5

Update (12/23/2016)

How about converting the system into a Hackintosh?

Your kids might enjoy doing the project too! Here's Tony's web site that gets into doing it: My PowerMac G5 Hackintosh Build. While the site is a bit dated it can lead you into a fun project and in the end get something better suited for todays web.

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Thanks for the detailed response.

Yes a bit slow on the uptake :) The machine was connected via Ethernet and since I upgraded it'a been sitting around for many years so I thought I'd connect it for my kids.

I was hoping I could connect them to the internet but I hear you ... may not be worth it.


Btw, do you know where I could get one of those antique cards? :-)


Best bet to look on eBay to find the card.

I would hold off giving it to the kids still running OS-9 as you only get WEP and you can't put any monitoring or parental control apps on the system (just to dated an OS). This is if you are letting them onto the internet.


Thanks again, love the Hackintosh idea!


Mine works great with original airport-card connected to dual-band-router (two networks 2,4ghz / 5ghz, "Prefered-Mode" OFF/none)...

If you have the right router you could even switch on "Daily Acces-Times, Per-Day-Datavolume etc. for the kids.

But consider: WiFi will adapt to speed of SLOWEST DEVICE in the same network!

The only issue is that Safari does not handle newer websites: But you can download "TenFourFoxG5" and you are fine - WITH PARENTAL CONTROL ADD-ONS, SCRIPT-BLOCKERS etc.

I have a second airport-card in an old G4 if you are interested..


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