mini mac wireless?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by jackash, Sep 8, 2006.

  1. jackash macrumors newbie

    Sep 8, 2006
    hi there, complete noob wen it comes to macs, please be nice. I am thinking of buying a second hand mini mac which doesnt have wireless built in. Is it possible to use a usb wireless adaptor instead?
    thanks :)
  2. kwood macrumors 6502a


    Jun 26, 2006
    In the Great White North.
  3. iMeowbot macrumors G3


    Aug 30, 2003
    For Bluetooth, USB adapters can be fine. USB WiFi adapters, on the other hand, tend to be finicky and unreliable. You'll be a lot more satisfied if you get a mini with wireless included. Second best (not necessarily easy to do yourself, but the results are the same as wireless from the factory) is to get hold of a Apple internal upgrade kit.
  4. pianoman macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2006
    i would go for the one with the wireless already built-in.

    if you want to try using the USB adapter, go ahead. you can always buy just the airport card and have a genius at the apple store install it for you or install it yourself (minis can be tricky, though).

    good luck and enjoy your mac!
  5. jackash thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 8, 2006
    thanks for the responses. How much would it cost to have wireless fit? Also how unreliable IS wireless via usb? What is it is sat next to a windows laptop connected via a wireless connection, can it be connected via a lead through that?
    thanks guys :)

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