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Best Wireless-N usb adapter for iBook G4?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by RedCroissant, Apr 29, 2013.

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    RedCroissant

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    Hello all, my iBook G4(1.33GHz 1.5GB RAM) is having trouble maintaining an internet connection an has just disconnected today at least 15 times. I checked my router and modem and all is fine there(plus, my other machines did not lose their connections).

    What is the best usb bus-powered wireless-n adapter that is compatible with my iBook G4 running OS X 10.5.8? I saw one from WC that I liked but kind of need it today since it's the end of the semester(and the end of my undergrad work) and a connection is absolutely necessary. Thanks in advance for any advice!

    And yes, I have thought about getting a new airport card, but why pay the same price for b/g when I could get n; or am I completely wrong about my iBook's capabilities?
     
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  3. AppleMacFinder, Apr 29, 2013
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2013

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    AppleMacFinder

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    Recently my friend asked me to do a research,
    what is the least expensive Wi-Fi 802.11n adapter with the following features:
    * Support for both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies
    * At least 300 Mbps max bandwidth
    * Ability to host the WiFi network
    Because he needed it as soon as possible, Chinese no-branded adapters were out of question.
    Eventually, we chose TP-Link TL-WDN3200, it has all these features and costed about $20.
    Turned out it was excellent decision! :)

    ------------------------------------------------------------
    About compatibility of TL-WDN3200 with Mac OS X:
    it gets detected in USB devices as "802.11 n WLAN"

    Code:
    [B]802.11 n WLAN:[/B]
      Product ID:	0x5572
      Vendor ID:	0x148f
      Version:	 1.01
      Serial Number:	1.0
      Speed:	Up to 480 Mb/sec
      Manufacturer:	Ralink
      Location ID:	0xfa130000 / 7
      Current Available (mA):	500
      Current Required (mA):	450
    
    However, I have no clue about how to disable my built-in Airport Extreme adapter
    and enable TL-WDN3200 instead, and use TL-WDN3200 for connecting WiFi networks.
    If you know it and would like me to do additional tests, please reply to this post.
     
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    RedCroissant

    #4
    Well, I actually went to Best Buy today and instead of buying a wifi adapter(like I planned) I went with a Netgear Powerline 100 adapter. So now I am extending the Internet access through the wall outlet. Even though it's not wifi and I am tethered to my desk, I a enjoying the now very stable connection.
     
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    Jethryn Freyman

    #5
    I like those little 150mbit/sec 802.11n USB 2.0 nubs that are usually realtek/ralink based, they're on ebay for a couple of dollars brand new and they're less than a centimeter in length. For a few more dollars you get a slightly bigger one with a six inch antenna.
     
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    TL-WDN3200 USB wireless adapter for Mac OS

    Hi all,

    Just to share: for those who are trying to install the driver for TP-Link's TL-WDN3200 USB wireless adapter for Mac OS, you can find it here:
    http://www.mediatek.com/_en/07_downloads/01_windows.php?sn=502

    Choose to download the one that says: USB(RT2870/RT2770/RT3X7X/RT537X).

    Open that up, install it;
    Then open your "System Preferences"->"Network";
    It should then automatically detect the new network connection.
    Done.

    Got this to work on my Macbook Pro running on 10.6.8.
    Cheers!:)
     

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