original airport alternative

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by zane, Aug 11, 2006.

  1. zane macrumors 6502

    Jun 18, 2006
    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


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    Basically there aren't any good alternatives. You could try a USB wireless dongle, but they generally don't work well.
  3. zane thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 18, 2006
  4. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

    Lord Blackadder

    May 7, 2004
    Sod off
    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

    Jul 4, 2006
    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


    Dec 2, 2005
    Calgary Alberta
    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


    Dec 2, 2005
    Calgary Alberta
    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.

  8. Roba macrumors 6502

    Mar 18, 2006
    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


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    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...
  10. kirschey macrumors newbie

    Aug 16, 2006
  11. mulze22 macrumors regular

    Jul 25, 2005
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