USB Network Adapters for iBook G3

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  1. 996085 macrumors 6502

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    The other day I decided I wanted to try and connect my 500MHz iBook G3 to the Internet. It has an Airport card however it doesn't support the security. Since I was at Micro Center this morning I decided to pick up a USB wifi adapter. I checked the web site for those supporting Mac OS and found a few. I picked it up and attempted to use it in the iBook. While the iBook sees it it requires a driver. The supplied CD does not appear to contain drivers for Mac OS (I assume when the supported operating systems listed Mac OS they were referring to Mac OS X). I'm going to perform some research online but I suspect I will not find any. With that said does anyone have a recommendation for any USB wifi adapters which will work with Mac OS 9.2.1?
     
  2. bunnspecial macrumors 603

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    @weckart directed me toward this a while back

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007PTCFFW?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00

    Although it's not as small as a USB dongle, it's still pretty darn small. Basically, this plugs in to your ethernet port and is powered by a USB port. It's completely platform agnostic, as all configuration is done through the browser. You set it up as a bridge and it can connect to any network of your choice. AFAIK, it supports basically all the known encryption protocols.

    This is the only way I'm aware of to get encryption more advanced than WEP in OS 9. Airport cards can do WPA, but need OS X to do it.
     
  3. 996085 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks Bunn...I'll have to give this some thought as to if it's something I want to do.
     
  4. JRDN macrumors member

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    If you grab a '128 bits' airport card you'll be able to connect to your network. I have a cube and a Tibook connected to my WPA2 tkip/aes 802.11n broadcasted connection from my newest generation airport express. Need to make sure it's a 128 bits card which is printed on the sticker on the back.
     
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    Do you have these working in OS 9? If so, I'd be interested in details. Heck, I'm still interested even if they don't.

    Also, do they fit in the Airport slot and take the Airport antenna connection?
     
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    I'm not sure about that. I don't see why not. It's the same card with the same interface just an updated version
     
  7. 996085 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks...I'll have to hit Ebay and CL to see if I can find one (even if it doesn't work in OS 9).
     
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  11. for this macrumors regular

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    Good, because they don't do WPA in OS 9. ;)
    I've one (yes, the 128bit one) installed in my OS 9 bootable MDD.

    Yes.
     

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