original airport alternative

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  1. zane macrumors 6502

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    I know that there is some alternatives to the original airport card because it is so expensive im looking for one around $30.
     
  2. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Basically there aren't any good alternatives. You could try a USB wireless dongle, but they generally don't work well.
     
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    There are other options, and it depends on which Mac you have as to which different card to use.

    But don't count on getting a new card for $30...maybe ebay.
     
  5. eidrunner247 macrumors 6502

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    really, just go for the airport. it looks so much more pleasing. i know it's a bit more expensive, but in the grand scheme of things, it isn't that bad (just don't eat out as much, etc) just my two cents.
     
  6. kammron macrumors 6502

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    i bought an g3 ibook on ebay for my cousin,
    and once it comes ill be looking for an airport card, or wireless usb.
    im really leaning toward a usb at the moment.
    cost wise it will save her a bunch.
     
  7. kammron macrumors 6502

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    i believe if you buy a d-link usb adapter etc...
    this driver will work on a mac.
    can anyone tell me if this is true, and if it will work.
    the $30 for a d-link usb is better then the $90+ for an airport.

    link:http://www.ralinktech.com/supp-1.htm
     
  8. Roba macrumors 6502

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    This review is quite helpful but they also left out a few cards as well. If you could get a slimline card by Proxim that had the same chip as the Apple Airport card then i think that would be ideal.

    This seller on Ebay seems to be quite clued up on these things. Their store is also quite informative as well.


    I am using a Buffalo WLI-PCM-L11GP-3 Airstation card without modification I also didn't need to download any drivers. I wrote about it a little in the thread that the OP mentioned in their second post. I also mentioned a few other potential cards in that thread.

    Versiontracker also offer different drivers that they claim to support Mac software. I don't know how well this would work but maybe it could be something that you could research yourself in further detail.
     
  9. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    The only cheaper card I've heard of is the Fairport card. And they are like $79.

    You might be better off trying a USB WiFi dongle of some sorts. But I'm not sure all of them will work with OS X...
     
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