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Wi-Fi usb dongle for macs

I got an old mac that doesn't have wireless and opening it up to install a airport card was a pain in the ass I didn't need. I noticed they now have these usb 802.11n devices that are cheap and supposedly work great, under windows.

Anybody know a good quality provider of these dongles which has Mac compatibility?

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There's a whole slew of them. First hit on Google:
http://www.teksale.com/computers/co...pter-Mac-PC.htm

I'm a bit of a loss here for the Macs that I know of laptop anyway has it built in.

(edit) oops. You have an old Mac. Just how old?

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802.11g, but we're in the ball park.
I was reading about the asus sticks having problems on reboot so I shied away from them.

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Ah HA!!

http://www.ebest24.com/en/80211n-30...-apple-mac.html

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Under Specifications:
Supported OS Windows s98/ ME/ 2000/ XP

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What I really wanted to know is which provider makes the best quality net equipment and who has a usb wi-fi dongle product which supports Macs (or the ralink open chipsets)
http://www.ralinktech.com/ralink/Ho.../Macintosh.html

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I hear that if a wi fi card supports windows it supports Mac as well.

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Pretty much all of the cheap USB sticks are Ralink based. However, you might want to poke around the OSX86 Project Wiki HCL pages for some known to work wireless cards.

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I hear that if a wi fi card supports windows it supports Mac as well.


The compatibility fairy is not a trusted source, but thanks anyway.

And thanks to you macker, I'll give it a try.

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Well, I picked up this:
http://www.planex.net/product/wirel...-us300mini2.htm
which claims on the box to only work with windows, but they have an apple driver here:
http://www.planex.net/download/wire...-us300mini2.htm
(though I used the one here)
http://www.planex.co.jp/support/dow...s300mini2.shtml
I used my laptop's wireless, through firewire, to surf the web on my mini and download the stuff I needed.
So far it works great under different accounts. Only problems were:
a) it doesn't do 802.11n in 5ghz. 2.4 only.
b) it will make your network dialog complain that "Your network settings have been change by another application" until you go into the security pref pane and check "Require password to unlock each secure system preference"

I can surf the web with the latest wireless protocol using an old 10.3 mac mini that had a usb 2.0 port (currently posting from). Didn't have to opeen any cases and fiddle with system internals plus the sum total for the product was 30 bucks.

Not bad, all told.

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ps. I'm going to miss fire wire

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