iMac wifi & ethernet issues


Powderfinger

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Hi - my iMac (2009) has started to intermittently refuse to allow access to the internet (either by ethernet or wifi) & I think the built-in network facility (on the motherboard) must be failing. Is there any way that an external network card (via USB perhaps?) can be used instead, as I understand there is no obvious fix to the built-in one? The iMac is otherwise still a great machine & I don't really want to junk it just yet...
thanks for any help or suggestions
 

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Hello and welcome.

First, I would try power cycling everything - router/modem/Mac.

The Apple USB Ethernet Adapter will work on any Mac running Mac OS X 10.4.8 Tiger or later with an available USB 2.0 port.

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thanks very much; I have tried power cycling to no avail - all my other devices connect/reconnect without issue. So my question is: does this adapter 'bypass' in some way the iMac's built-in connections? If so it would be a ideal solution (hopefully). Can I buy in UK by the way?

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Excellent, thanks, I will seek out one. Your help is much appreciated; hopefully my iMac will live to see another day (or quite a few more...)
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hi - sorry for the delay in responding. I sourced an adapter & it works perfectly, so great, thanks - my iMac will live on for a bit longer. It does seem a little slow, however, compared to other devices on the same network - is speed restricted due to using USB?

Many thanks for your 'genius' help
 

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