Moving to Japan help please...

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in Current Mac Hardware edited January 2014
I'm moving to Japan sometime in the next week. I would really like to know if I bring an ibook 600. Will I be able to use the wireless networks in Japan? What type of card do I need to use? Or am I better of getting a G4 powerbook. My buddy there doesn't know squat about computers all he knows is that his PC laptop works on the internet wirelessly and that it costs him around 60 dollars Canadian a month.... can anyone help?

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  • Reply 1 of 6
    stimulistimuli Posts: 564member
    802.11b is an international standard, so assuming we are talking 802.11b then yes, airport = 802.11b



    If you are talking long range, portable wireless, it might be some other frequency, in which case you would want a TiBook for its PC Card slot. Unless a USB dongle that supports it is available, in which case your iBook will do fine... asssuming they have Mac drivers.



    Ask him what the PC Card he uses on his laptop says on it (brand, numbers, etc)
  • Reply 2 of 6
    matsumatsu Posts: 6,558member
    Why go to Japan if you don't have to? Ok there's going to be World-cup soccer this summer, but after that it's pretty much a write off for a westerner.
  • Reply 3 of 6
    neutrino23neutrino23 Posts: 1,546member
    By wireless do you mean Airport (aka AirMac in Japan) or do you mean internet connection via cell phone? The latter is fairly popular in Japan. I don't use it but there are a couple of options that give you roughly 64k service.
  • Reply 4 of 6
    neutrino23neutrino23 Posts: 1,546member
    Perhaps you were talking about this wireless service? I saw an air-H card in a TiBook PC card slot at the store yesterday. The iBook would need a USB to PC card adapter. Get in touch with Ringo MUG, this is the Apple MUG for foreigners in Japan. I haven't joined but speak with them at MWT each year. They meet monthly in Apple's office in Tokyo.



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    Following from AT&T, my ISP in Japan:





    April 9th, 2002

    JENS Corporation

    JENS SpinNet

    TEL: 03-3500-2500

    FAX: 03-3500-2501

    Email: support@att.ne.jp





    Schedule of AirH" Service for all users



    Thank you very much for using JENS SpinNet.



    We are pleased to announce the schedule of AirH" Service for all of

    JENS SpinNet users as below. We are now ready to provide this service for

    all customers who wish to use it.



    Service

    Air H" Service provided by DDI Pocket

    -Continuous Connection(Tsukai Hodai)/Packet exchange system(*1)

    -Net25/Flex Change system



    (*1) Supporting only 32K



    Charge

    No additional charge will be required

    (It is covered by "2,000 yen", monthly service fee for JENS SpinNet).



    Condition and requirement for the registration.

    -Customers who are registered or considering the registration with DDI

    for AirH" Service.



    Date and Time

    April 16, 2002 12:00p.m. -



    The service will be immediately available after the registration.
  • Reply 5 of 6
    [QUOTE]Originally posted by stimuli:

    [QB]802.11b is an international standard, so assuming we are talking 802.11b then yes, airport = 802.11b



    Just and FYI airport is NOT standard internationally. I have an iBook that i brought with me to France from the US. I also brought my airport base station and airport card.



    After a few months here I purchased a desktop Mac. I then purchased an airport card here in France. Guess what..... no signal. I spent more than an hour on the phone with apple support, then got a call back from a specialist. The conclusion was drawn that it was a bad card. I exchange the card and have the same problem. I then mail order a card from the US and voila! a signal.



    There is some difference in the way that the base stations transmit signal. If you notice on the bottom of the base station there is an FCC logo but no EU logo. Those that are sold here have an EU logo but no FCC logo. Perhaps it is the frequency that the station transmits on that is different.
  • Reply 6 of 6
    neutrino23neutrino23 Posts: 1,546member
    [quote]Originally posted by Rumor_Addict:

    <strong>[QUOTE]Originally posted by stimuli:

    [QB]802.11b is an international standard, so assuming we are talking 802.11b then yes, airport = 802.11b



    Just and FYI airport is NOT standard internationally. I have an iBook that i brought with me to France from the US. I also brought my airport base station and airport card.



    After a few months here I purchased a desktop Mac. I then purchased an airport card here in France. Guess what..... no signal. I spent more than an hour on the phone with apple support, then got a call back from a specialist. The conclusion was drawn that it was a bad card. I exchange the card and have the same problem. I then mail order a card from the US and voila! a signal.



    There is some difference in the way that the base stations transmit signal. If you notice on the bottom of the base station there is an FCC logo but no EU logo. Those that are sold here have an EU logo but no FCC logo. Perhaps it is the frequency that the station transmits on that is different.</strong><hr></blockquote>



    I'm surprised to hear that. I just saw somewhere that the French government made some concession to use of 802.11b.



    Also saw a note from someone visiting MacWorld Tokyo that they were able to use their Airport card in Japan.
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