USB Wireless "AirPort Extreme"

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  1. MatthewLTL macrumors 68000

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    I know I can get a PCI card online that will work as a AirPort Extreme. My question is are there any USB Wireless adaptors that will work with OS X as a AirPort Extreme card?
     
  2. Altemose macrumors G3

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    No. Go for either a PCI card or a third party adapter.
     
  3. MatthewLTL thread starter macrumors 68000

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    What about PCMCIA/CardBus cards?
     
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    There's a Belkin card that works perfectly. I have one that I transfer around my various pre-Airport Extreme Powerbooks.

    There's a seller on Ebay who sells them for about $10 as "Airport Extreme Compatible" without being explicit about who makes them...the one I have is Belkin branded card. I'll have to check on the p/n.
     
  5. MatthewLTL thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Are there any "Airport Extreme Compatible" PCI Wireless N cards?
     
  6. weckart macrumors 68040

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    A few. I have a Belkin and Motorola Cardbus cards that work as AE plus an Orinoco that works as Airport 802.11b. There is a Buffalo Carbus card that will give 802.11n (full 300Mb/s) if you can put together the right drivers. It goes for about $60-$80 on eBay so only for the determined.

    Plenty. OSX86project.org is your best bet for details. It has a database of compatible hardware for hackintoshes so just search under Tiger and Leopard.
     
  7. MatthewLTL thread starter macrumors 68000

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    from my experience nothing hackintosh wise will work on REAL apple computers OR PowerPC Macs
     
  8. weckart macrumors 68040

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    You seem to have forgotten that Leopard and latterly also Tiger to some extent had universal binaries including networking kexts.

    As you were.
     
  9. MatthewLTL thread starter macrumors 68000

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    my SoundBlaster LIVE! wont work with the SoundBlaster Kexts
     
  10. MagicBoy macrumors 68040

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    Last time I checked the SoundBlaster Live! wasn't a network card. Or OS X compatible.
     
  11. MatthewLTL thread starter macrumors 68000

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    with a OSx86 Kext it is suppose to be.
     
  12. MagicBoy macrumors 68040

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    I don't know why anyone would want to if I'm honest. Brilliant game changing bit of kit in 1998, but a strange design by modern standards. Even Creative Labs drivers were flaky, and they don't work reliably with anything past Windows 2000 in my experience. I've still got mine in the old bits box. Dunno why really...

    Why anyone would want to try and write their own SBLive drivers for OS X baffles me, there are much better alternatives.
     
  13. MatthewLTL thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I have 3 SoundBlaster Audigy SE's Good for PCs but strangely PowerMac's have superior sound compared to a Windows PC
     
  14. weckart macrumors 68040

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    I chucked out a fully boxed Soundblaster AWE64 with all the cables and disks to clear some space. I even got that to run on OS/2 back in the day with a bit of tinkering. Gorgeous sound compared with built in/standard sound cards then. Given what old hardware parts fetch these days I am kicking myself a bit.

    What was this thread about again?
     

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