The Newton MessagePad 2000-series devices had a little known internal slot intended for an integrated modem card that was never made by Apple. PCMCIA WiFi cards of this era do not support modern WPA2 encryption. This site outlines a project to build a WiFi board for this never-used internal serial slot that works with modern WiFi networks.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Files published to GitHub

You can find the files for this project in GitHub: https://github.com/jake-b/Newton-Internal-WiFi

3D Printed Port Cover

Since the MP2x00 did not come with an internal modem (and one was never sold), each MessagePad came installed with a little plastic cover that fills the space where the RJ-11 jack would be.

This is the same cover where apple would place a "2100" sticker indicating that a MP2000 was upgraded to a 2100.

Due to an oversight, the WiFi card extended into the area where this plastic cover would sit.  (I'm not sure this could have been avoided, even if I had planned ahead)

Instead, I've designed a replacement cover that does not interfere.  For good measure, I added an embossed WiFi logo to indicate that the internal WiFi card is present.

I think it makes for a nice finished product.

The STL files for the port cover can be found here: https://github.com/jake-b/Newton-Internal-WiFi/tree/master/Port%20Cover