No fuss wireless adaptor for OSX Leopard ( no drivers needed )

vddrnnr

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Hi all,

I have been trying a new/old adapter that I've had since 2013.
It's the ASUS WL-330NULL.
It can be used as a Wireless Dongle ( configured through a web interface ) or as a wireless
portable hotspot for a wired network.
At least in Leopard it does not require any drivers, the ones already in leopard support the
device.
Hope this helps you guys.

Best regards,
voidRunner
 

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Project Alice

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I was excited until I saw the specs say it's ethernet is 10/100.
I've been looking for a USB gigabit ethernet that works on PPC, for devices like my Pismo (has a USB 2.0 card), and my Mac Mini G4. Obviously it would be limited to USB2, but USB2 is still 4x faster than 100mb ethernet.
 

vddrnnr

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Hi Project,

The idea was to use it as a Wireless device.
For that you can only go as fast as the wireless speed the wireless router
and you will also be limited by your internet provider's speed.

Also Draft N originally was only 100Mbit so I think this should be fine :D
Anyways better than 54g.

Best regards,
voidRunner
 

Project Alice

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Hi Project,

The idea was to use it as a Wireless device.
For that you can only go as fast as the wireless speed the wireless router
and you will also be limited by your internet provider's speed.

Also Draft N originally was only 100Mbit so I think this should be fine :D
Anyways better than 54g.

Best regards,
voidRunner
Yeah, I know. My use is less for internet and more for LAN transfers.
My internet speed is 400mb/s though I usually pull closer to 500mb/s (thanks pfsense). I can't pull more than like 80mb/s on my PPC macs with gigabit. I think it has to do with the webgui of speedtest bogging them down so much that they can't actually get all the bandwidth through.
But I've got an NAS, and I keep a lot of files on a drive on my Mac Pro set up to share. Having a faster connection than a 10/100 one definitely makes my life easier when working on an old G3 or G4.
 

vddrnnr

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Hi Project,

Have you tried using FireWire networking? ( if the machine is close to you of course )

Best regards,
voidRunner
 

Project Alice

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Hi Project,

Have you tried using FireWire networking? ( if the machine is close to you of course )

Best regards,
voidRunner
That only works with internet sharing on another mac (as macs are really the only machines that have it). My router and switches don't have FW. Also, FW internet sharing is slow. From my Mac Pro to my other Mac Pro with a FW800 cable, I got like ~6mb/s.
At that point I might as well just copy whatever I need to one of my external FW drives and get it that way.
I just remembered I did buy a GigE PCMCIA card that supposedly works even in OS 9.. But that does leave my 12" PowerBook G4s out in the cold (apple, why would you think 10/100mb was even half acceptable for those machines? and while we're at it, the geforce 5200s too!)
 
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vddrnnr

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Hi Project,

I've been trying out a new device from TPLINK.
It's the TL-WN821N version 2.xx ( in my case the 2.80 ).
This device uses a Atheros AR9170 chip and it's N300 :D
You can install it using D-Links DWA160_MAC_Driver_v_4.0.0.10 and then change
the Info.plist to mach the TPLINK one ( vendor id: 3315 and product id: 4098 ).

Best regards,
voidRunner
 
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