Register FAQ / Rules Forum Spy Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
Go Back   MacRumors Forums > Apple Hardware > PowerPC Macs

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old Dec 27, 2012, 02:33 AM   #1
Ariii
macrumors 6502a
 
Ariii's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Chicago
Send a message via ICQ to Ariii Send a message via AIM to Ariii Send a message via MSN to Ariii Send a message via Yahoo to Ariii
What would be a good, cheap USB dongle for my iBook?

Hi ! I pretty much gave up on getting the original AirPort card to work with my iBook, so I think I would need a dongle to work with my iBook G3... Most that I've seen don't have PowerPC support or are experimental. Has anybody else tried any dongles that work well in PowerPC Linux?
__________________
Indigo iBook Clamshell, MacOS 9; Lime iBook Clamshell, Panther;
MacOS 9 users: Use Classilla | MacOS 9 Lives
I'm on IRC at #macrumors on irc.krono.net
Tumblr
Ariii is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 27, 2012, 04:37 AM   #2
skinniezinho
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Portugal
Send a message via MSN to skinniezinho
as I told on the FAQ, pretty much all based usb dongles based on ralink chipset support either powerpc mac.
About linux, yes they support linux too, about powerpc linux, I don't know, but I guess it will do.
Almost every cheap usb dongle on ebay has ralink chipset.
Asus and SMC make them too.
__________________
Powermac G4 400MHz/2Gb/ATI Rage+3DFx Voodoo 2 SLI/2x80Gb
Powermac G5 Quad/2Gb/Nvidia 7800GT/500Gb
Thinkpad X230/256Gb SSD/16Gb Ram+Dell U2312Hm
F.A.Q for PowerPC Macs Powerpc Upgrades
skinniezinho is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 27, 2012, 09:54 AM   #3
skateny
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: New York, NY
Quote:
Originally Posted by skinniezinho View Post
as I told on the FAQ, pretty much all based usb dongles based on ralink chipset support either powerpc mac.
About linux, yes they support linux too, about powerpc linux, I don't know, but I guess it will do.
Almost every cheap usb dongle on ebay has ralink chipset.
Asus and SMC make them too.
I agree. Many of the Ralink chips are compatible with PowerPC.

When my Airport card crapped out, I got a cheap WiFi dongle with a Ralink chip on eBay. The only problem I had was that it came with a mini-CD to install the driver, which I wouldn't put in my iBook's optical drive. I spent a good deal of time searching for a site on which I could download the driver instead.

During my search, I stumbled over more than one post in which it was stated that the drivers that came with the dongle were not for PowerPC with OS X. I later confirmed this by inserting the mini-CD in a friends tray loading drive.

After a time, and when I was out and about during the blackout following hurricane Sandy, I noticed that I wasn't getting very strong signals from the dongle. So I bought a USB WiFi Signal Booster, also with a Ralink chip. I again had to search for the driver. I'd learned from my original search that I needed to track down the driver based on the chip (Ralink 3070), and not on the name of the dongle. It was a quick search, and I now get extremely strong signals wherever I go compared to the original dongle and the AirPort Extreme card.

As a bonus, where I live the cable companies piggy back on each other's WiFi networks so as to provide more widespread coverage. I don't even need to sign in to the other cable providers' WiFi networks -- the system works automatically.

So now I have a WiFi signal booster that works incredibly well, and a backup in case these cheap Chinese products fail. I paid a total of $17 for both.
__________________
Etcha-Sketch, Classic Red; Kenner Easy-Show Projector, First Gen.
skateny is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 27, 2012, 09:58 AM   #4
skinniezinho
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Portugal
Send a message via MSN to skinniezinho
Quote:
Originally Posted by skateny View Post
I agree. Many of the Ralink chips are compatible with PowerPC.

When my Airport card crapped out, I got a cheap WiFi dongle with a Ralink chip on eBay. The only problem I had was that it came with a mini-CD to install the driver, which I wouldn't put in my iBook's optical drive. I spent a good deal of time searching for a site on which I could download the driver instead.

During my search, I stumbled over more than one post in which it was stated that the drivers that came with the dongle were not for PowerPC with OS X. I later confirmed this by inserting the mini-CD in a friends tray loading drive.

After a time, and when I was out and about during the blackout following hurricane Sandy, I noticed that I wasn't getting very strong signals from the dongle. So I bought a USB WiFi Signal Booster, also with a Ralink chip. I again had to search for the driver. I'd learned from my original search that I needed to track down the driver based on the chip (Ralink 3070), and not on the name of the dongle. It was a quick search, and I now get extremely strong signals wherever I go compared to the original dongle and the AirPort Extreme card.

As a bonus, where I live the cable companies piggy back on each other's WiFi networks so as to provide more widespread coverage. I don't even need to sign in to the other cable providers' WiFi networks -- the system works automatically.

So now I have a WiFi signal booster that works incredibly well, and a backup in case these cheap Chinese products fail. I paid a total of $17 for both.
Well my PCI card is from Ralink, and it is brand is Conceptronic, Conceptronic doesn't say nothing about mac support, but with "vanilla" drivers it works fine on my powermac g4:
http://www.ralinktech.com/en/04_supp...ort.php?sn=502

I have an usb dongle with ralink chipset, but I haven't tried it on my powermac, but I suppose it will work just fine.
I paid about 10eur for it on a local store.SMC branded.
__________________
Powermac G4 400MHz/2Gb/ATI Rage+3DFx Voodoo 2 SLI/2x80Gb
Powermac G5 Quad/2Gb/Nvidia 7800GT/500Gb
Thinkpad X230/256Gb SSD/16Gb Ram+Dell U2312Hm
F.A.Q for PowerPC Macs Powerpc Upgrades
skinniezinho is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 27, 2012, 05:46 PM   #5
MisterKeeks
macrumors 68000
 
MisterKeeks's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ariii View Post
Hi ! I pretty much gave up on getting the original AirPort card to work with my iBook, so I think I would need a dongle to work with my iBook G3
Have you tried multiple cards?
MisterKeeks is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 27, 2012, 08:09 PM   #6
Ariii
Thread Starter
macrumors 6502a
 
Ariii's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Chicago
Send a message via ICQ to Ariii Send a message via AIM to Ariii Send a message via MSN to Ariii Send a message via Yahoo to Ariii
Quote:
Originally Posted by skinniezinho View Post
as I told on the FAQ, pretty much all based usb dongles based on ralink chipset support either powerpc mac.
About linux, yes they support linux too, about powerpc linux, I don't know, but I guess it will do.
Almost every cheap usb dongle on ebay has ralink chipset.
Asus and SMC make them too.
Thanks ! I decided that I'll go with this:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/150Mbps-WiFi...item484af19b21

Quote:
Originally Posted by MisterKeeks View Post
Have you tried multiple cards?
Yes, both on my Lime and Indigo iBooks as well. They worked in MacOS 9 and Mac OS X, but in Debian and MintPPC they had problems that were unresolved.
__________________
Indigo iBook Clamshell, MacOS 9; Lime iBook Clamshell, Panther;
MacOS 9 users: Use Classilla | MacOS 9 Lives
I'm on IRC at #macrumors on irc.krono.net
Tumblr
Ariii is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 27, 2012, 10:12 PM   #7
skateny
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: New York, NY
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ariii View Post
Thanks ! I decided that I'll go with this:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/150Mbps-WiFi...item484af19b21



Yes, both on my Lime and Indigo iBooks as well. They worked in MacOS 9 and Mac OS X, but in Debian and MintPPC they had problems that were unresolved.
I'm pretty sure your iBooks don't support USB 2.0.
__________________
Etcha-Sketch, Classic Red; Kenner Easy-Show Projector, First Gen.
skateny is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 27, 2012, 10:20 PM   #8
Ariii
Thread Starter
macrumors 6502a
 
Ariii's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Chicago
Send a message via ICQ to Ariii Send a message via AIM to Ariii Send a message via MSN to Ariii Send a message via Yahoo to Ariii
Quote:
Originally Posted by skateny View Post
I'm pretty sure your iBooks don't support USB 2.0.
USB 2.0 accessories are backwards-compatible with USB 1.1.
__________________
Indigo iBook Clamshell, MacOS 9; Lime iBook Clamshell, Panther;
MacOS 9 users: Use Classilla | MacOS 9 Lives
I'm on IRC at #macrumors on irc.krono.net
Tumblr
Ariii is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 27, 2012, 10:28 PM   #9
skateny
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: New York, NY
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ariii View Post
USB 2.0 accessories are backwards-compatible with USB 1.1.
You're good then.
__________________
Etcha-Sketch, Classic Red; Kenner Easy-Show Projector, First Gen.
skateny is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 29, 2012, 05:47 PM   #10
Ariii
Thread Starter
macrumors 6502a
 
Ariii's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Chicago
Send a message via ICQ to Ariii Send a message via AIM to Ariii Send a message via MSN to Ariii Send a message via Yahoo to Ariii
Smile

Yay ! My iBook's AirPort card started working again for no reason in Debian !

Does anybody have an idea how this could have happened?

I'd get an authentication error upon trying to join any networks (Even though it can see them), and then I'd end up occasionally not being able to see any at all.
__________________
Indigo iBook Clamshell, MacOS 9; Lime iBook Clamshell, Panther;
MacOS 9 users: Use Classilla | MacOS 9 Lives
I'm on IRC at #macrumors on irc.krono.net
Tumblr
Ariii is offline   0 Reply With Quote

Reply
MacRumors Forums > Apple Hardware > PowerPC Macs

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Similar Threads
thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
USB WIFI dongle drivers on 10.6.8 savedave Mac Basics and Help 5 Jul 13, 2014 11:47 AM
WiFi to USB Dongle sharing cclloyd Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking 3 Mar 7, 2014 07:47 PM
USB Dongle not working adtheren MacBook Pro 2 Sep 12, 2013 11:13 PM
Bluetooth 4.0 USB dongle for OS X 10.8.2? rk25123 OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion 2 Feb 7, 2013 10:57 AM
Just broke my USB dongle, what do? bungiefan89 Mac Peripherals 3 Oct 16, 2012 09:49 AM

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:37 AM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013, MacRumors.com, LLC