USB wifi dongle on a B/W G3?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by munckee, May 1, 2006.

  1. munckee macrumors 65816

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    Will it work? Just trying to decide whether to keep my B/W or sell it. I need to get a PCI IDE controller in it and wifi access. If I can do so cheaply ($100-ish) then I'll probably keep it. Otherwise I'll probably sell it.
     
  2. strider42 macrumors 65816

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    USB wifi adaptors are problematic because driver support ranges from flaky to non-existent.

    A better way to go is an ethernet based wireless bridge. I use a linksys WET11, and its been great. No drivers, just hook it up, set it up and go. Linksys also makes the WET54, and belkin, dlink and macsense.com all make similar devices.
     
  3. munckee thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Is a bridge significantly cheaper than just getting a wireless card?
     
  4. 4JNA macrumors 68000

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    more expensive -- usually in the $50-70 dollar range. deal/sales/refurb can get that down to the $30-40 range.

    advantage is that the bridge works with any ethernet connected device. or several. setup the bridge, plug the bridge into a $15 four port switch, and setup several things on ethernet if you need more than one connection.
     
  5. munckee thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, but the problem with that is that I already have a wireless router (hence the reason I need a USB dongle or wifi card). The bridge solves a problem that I don't have (needing to connect multiple devices).
     
  6. 4JNA macrumors 68000

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    works just as well with only one device. just thought i would mention the multiple thing. usually the reason that they cost so much more. a 'game console wireless' adapter would do the same thing (they are just bridges with fancy stickers, xbox, psp, etc). :cool:
     

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