Macintosh and 802.11g via USB

Posted on 2004-10-26
Last Modified: 2013-11-09
I have a customer with a Macintosh laptop/notebook computer who would like to connect to a Linksys 802.11g network.  I could not find any internal expansion options, so I would like to use a USB 802.11g network adapter.  Do any 802.11g USB adapters support Macintosh?  I am having the hardest time finding any that do.  I have been using Linksys equipment in Windows networks for a long time now, but I am new to adding wireless to Macintosh computers.

Thank you for any help! This is time sensitive, so any immediate assistance would be appreciated.  At the moment, the closest thing I can find is the D-Link DWL-122 which supports only 802.11b.
Question by:eentc
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    May be you are out of luck

    The exception to this rule is Apple. Get the AirPort (802.11b) or AirPort Extreme (802.11g) card that fits in your iMac or Power Mac for maximum compatibility and seamless support from Apple. This card slot has been built into all Macs for the past few years. If you have an 802.11g router, however, or an older Mac with only a regular AirPort slot, or no AirPort slot at all, try the MacWireless 11g Ethernet Adapter, which turns any Mac with an Ethernet port into an 802.11g client. No g USB adapters with Mac-specific drivers are yet available.

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    I will need to find out what model of Mac they have and see if an AirPort will work, but in the mean time, I am going to get the customer started with a D-Link DWL-122 802.11b wireless card and go from there.  I'll offer to buy it back from them if I find the AirPot to be a better option later.  Thank you for your fast response!
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    The customer ended up buying a new Macintosh laptop and that one had a built-in AirPort card which worked flawlessly!

    I did try the D-Link DWL-122 card, but it required an OS update which did not seem worth it. It required Mac OS X 10.0.3 and they only had 10.0.2. Not exactly worth the $99 upgrade cost of the OS considering I could have just bought them a wireless bridge for around the same price. Anyway, the AirPort is the way to go, I just could not figure out if that model laptop could support an AirPort and now I never will be able to find out.

    Thanks to sunray_2003 for trying to help, at least you pointed me in the right direction.

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