I am wondering if anyone can recommend something that would improve the wireless networking reception of a G4 PowerBook.
Part of my job is setting up some remote audio links in order to cover and record live events. We do some of this via webcasting (we have our own server), and every now and then we get in a situation where we have an inconsistent wireless connection as our only option - usually due to having to set up in a miserable spot, with no hard line connection available.
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Okay, I am in no way an expert on this, but I was at Futureshop yesterday checking out wireless network stuff, and they had some kind of a 'signal booster' or what sounds like situations like yours. It looks like a speaker and gives you a wider range with your signal.
I don't know what routers/transmitters/whatever they work with, or even how well they work, but there might be something like that to look into.
I've never built one, but the Pringles Can Antenna (also called a cantenna) was all the rage a few years back. Here's what appears to be a commercial version. http://wirelessgardenstore.com/detail.aspx?ID=296 I'm not sure if this would work with your Mac or not, their site isn't very clear. I think the G4 laptop has a built in antenna so you may be out of luck.
It could also be an issue with the DVD itself. I've had DVDs that have worked in one computer and not worked in another. As recall, an Ubuntu install can fit on a CD, rather than a DVD. I would also try that.