View Full Version : Best USB Wireless for iBook G4?

May 28, 2011, 11:54 PM
Simply put: I can't access a few networks I used to be able to access, and as such had to endure AOL earlier today... yikes, it's unbearable after adjusting to 1mbit DSL.

My guess is that my old laptop (a Toshiba Satellite L355D)'s wireless card was far superior to the AirPort Extreme in my iBook. (I dunno if the 2005 models have better or worse wireless than the earlier ones, though... due to the different placement of the AirPort card.) If it matters, that laptop also ran Linux, and wireless performance on it was generally far greater than when I would run Windows - some networks showed up that would not on Windows. I'm hoping OS X would have decent wireless drivers, too.

My question is: Does anyone really know a good wireless USB stick I can grab? I run on 10.5.8 (with a 10.4.11 partition to fall back to), and I'm hoping it'll have somewhat decent wireless range. I'm not sure what my laptop's wireless card model was, nor can I really check... seeing as the DC IN broke off the motherboard. I do have a Trendnet TEW-444UB, but as far as I'm aware they don't support OS X... and I recall the thing being a bit flaky at times.

May 30, 2011, 03:31 PM
I ordered and eventually installed an Ultra U12 41385. Google that for a dealer.

The packaging was silly. An install CD - a 3" CD! I had to ask a neighbor to copy me over to a 5" CD. The install was difficult.

I don't recommend this for short experienced Macusers. The TigerDirect ad, and others, said it will work on Mac OS X machines. But they should have added - if you can install it.

I am using it right now as I connect to this forum.

I should have added: I get good range.

May 30, 2011, 05:21 PM
I'm using a Belkin wireless G USB adapter on my old desktop computer and have had no problems with it at all, been using it for about a year. This adapter has great range, seeing as my router is all the way at the other end of my house on the main floor and my desktop is upstairs on the opposite end of the house.

Although no drivers for mac come with the adapter, I think you can download them somewhere

you can get a wireless G adapter for under 15$ on Amazon..


May 30, 2011, 05:42 PM
In my opinion Aiport is the best and safest option... But I quite like the range that D-Link has, check out their site..

May 30, 2011, 08:10 PM
OWC sells a Mac-compatible USB Wifi adapter for $15.99.