Solved How to connect Wi-Fi on a desktop mac

Apple Imac
November 7, 2012 at 10:55:28
Specs: OSX 10.6.8, 2.66 GHz / 7910 MB
I'm moving into a park that has no cable or adsl internet, but only wi-fi. How do I set up wi-fi on a desktop mac (an iMac in this case). Oddly enough you'd think there'd be a wealth of info on this but every article I've been able to find deals with devices or laptops that already have built in wi-fi..
What do I need other than a wifi router.? Or do I need a wifi modem?
Thanks for any replies..

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December 11, 2012 at 11:04:07
Airport is just Apple's name for wireless networking (and they also apply it to a range of routers). It should connect to any wireless network; you may have to ask the network owner for the name of the wireless network and the password to connect to it.


#1
November 7, 2012 at 11:55:35
All iMacs since about 2006 have WiFi built in. If the park already has a WiFi service you should need nothing extra.

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#2
November 7, 2012 at 12:38:50
Thanks for replying..by built in, You mean it's actually inside the casing? Don't you need an antenna or something? Or is that also inside the casing?
If it is, how do I enable it?
Thanks again..

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#3
November 7, 2012 at 12:49:06
It's all inside the casing. Look in "System Preferences/Network" and you should see "Ethernet", "Wi-Fi", and "FireWire" listed. Select "Wi-Fi", for which the status will be "off". Click the "Turn Wi-Fi On" button and follow any prompts. You will need a password to connect to the Wi-Fi network, which the park owner should presumably supply you with.

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#4
November 7, 2012 at 13:10:59
Thank you.. yes, the manager supplied a login and password.. I didn't realize it was so simple a matter if you've got an iMac.. but thank you for the response. after all, if you don't know, you just don't know ;-)

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#5
December 5, 2012 at 10:33:04
Just was about to set it up.. and checked the drop down list .. No Wi-Fi option, active , inactive , or otherwise... the available interfaces are Airport, Firewire, Ethernet, and Bluetooth DUN. Nothing else. The iMac is a 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo.. are you sure it has built in WIFi?.. If not what do I do? I have no Airport locally, and it is still showing the oiption... I would think that the Wifgi option wouldn't be entirely hidden simply because it hasn't detected wifi, which it would not if it were not activated. Were you thinking perhaps about Apple notebooks rather than iMacs?
Update: After some searching on google it looks like the option is, indeed, hidden until I physically take it near a wifi hotspot.. yet next door there is one and it doesn't see it.. is it because I am currently in an aluminum mobile home?

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#6
December 11, 2012 at 09:46:47
Nope.. no option for WiFi at all in Snow Leopard.. only "Airport".. and I have a domain name and password, but Airport want a *network* *name*, and password, and discovery does not turn up anything like what is supposed to be there.. likely just other residents there.. Could somebody PLEASE explain the difference between "airport" and "wifi" and why I have NO wifi option in OSX 10.6.8, on an iMac which , according to the answer here *does* have wifi built in?

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#7
December 11, 2012 at 11:04:07
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Airport is just Apple's name for wireless networking (and they also apply it to a range of routers). It should connect to any wireless network; you may have to ask the network owner for the name of the wireless network and the password to connect to it.

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#8
December 13, 2012 at 13:18:02
Dominicus,

As was said earlier "Airport" is just Apples arcane name for Wi-Fi. You'll need to look at the Airport settings as such: The "network" show be Wi-FI, The network name is th SSID or in laymans terms the "name" for the Access point you want to connect to" and the password is just that - it will allow you to talk to the access point ( assuming it's protected.) I just verified this on a machine running snow leapord - so you should be cool.


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