Wifi Adapter

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Seth Mac Fan, Jul 21, 2012.

  1. Seth Mac Fan macrumors regular

    Jul 18, 2012
    Can you guys recommend a cheap usb wifi adapter that works with power pc macs and generally works good ? I do not need N because I have a G router . I know they are pretty cheap these days I just was wondering if you guys knew of one that is good and that you use and are happy with .
  2. Zeke D macrumors 6502a

    Zeke D

    Nov 18, 2011
  3. alexreich macrumors 6502a


    Jan 26, 2011
    Not to be picky, but the product in the link you provided says Intel-based Macs only. :D
    If you've tried it personally it may very well work, I'm just reiterating what the page says...
  4. Zeke D macrumors 6502a

    Zeke D

    Nov 18, 2011
    I've used it on g4s and g5s on 10.4 & 10.5
  5. alexreich macrumors 6502a


    Jan 26, 2011
    Then there should be no issue. :)

    I just wanted to make sure you linked to the right thing before he would buy it, haha.
  6. zen.state macrumors 68020


    Mar 13, 2005
    There is no such thing as a CPU requirement for a wifi dongle. The only requirements are certain OS because of wifi compatibility in the OS itself.

    That spec is totally meaningless and I guess someone just made it up somewhere along the line.
  7. alexreich macrumors 6502a


    Jan 26, 2011
    I hadn't seen anything like that before, I was simply bringing it up to ensure that the OP wouldn't have issues..
  8. skinniezinho macrumors 65816

    Jan 1, 2009
    have you at least read the FAQ on top of this section?
  9. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

    Jethryn Freyman

    Aug 9, 2007
    What Mac you got?

    I use an Airport Extreme with my G5 tower.

    The Alfa AWUS036H works very well with great power too, but the drivers occasionally stall the OS and cause a kernel panic. I also have some kind of ralink or realtek CU88** 802.11n USB nub that worked, but just didn't have the reception I needed.
  10. wobegong Guest

    May 29, 2012
    I use a D-Link DWA-125 with my PM G5 and it works fine, return from Sleep etc. no worries.
  11. skateny macrumors 6502


    Jul 19, 2012
    New York, NY
    USB WiFi Adapter for PowerPC


    I have a 1.33 GHz G4 iBook running OS 10.5.8.

    This post is a bit involved, so please try to be patient.

    As with many G4 iBooks, mine reports kernel panics whenever AirPort is turned on. In order to fix this, I ordered a Realtek USB Wirless-N LAN Adapter, RTL8188CU. It cost $6.97 (free shipping), came in two days, and works flawlessly. Installation was quick, simple and intuitive.


    (To make a very long story a bit shorter, I lost irretrievable hours from my life searching for a downloadable driver for this adapter. Realtek inexplicably does not have a specific driver for this part, nor does their web site support Safari for downloading. I was forced to figure out on my own which driver to use.)

    A mini CD driver installer came with the part. Rather than purchase an external drive or CD adapter for the disk (I wouldn't attempt inserting the mini CD in my disk drive), I went to Realtek's web site on my iPhone and typed the link into my word processor on my iBook for the driver I deduced would work with the adapter: RTL8192CU.


    I made sure that AirPort was off. I copied the link above from my word processor. I then opened Firefox and made the above link Firefox's home page by copying and pasting the link. With Firefox still open, and the home page showing as the URL, I opened AirPort. I quickly navigated to the download page. I scrolled about halfway down to part number RTL8192CU. I then scrolled down to "Other" (OS) until I reached "Mac OS 10.5 Install Package". I turned off AirPort as soon as the download was complete in order to avoid a kernel panic and installed. I did not need to be connected to WiFi during configuration.

    (The entire process took less than 10 seconds after turning off AirPort, not including installation.)

    As above, installation was simple, though it does require a restart. Following restart, the adapter's WiFi Utility appears and guides you through setup and connection.

    I then made some changes in the System>Library folder to ensure that AirPort would cause no further problems. I can easily undo these changes in the event that I need a quick get-in/get-out on the Internet using AirPort in the future. (I'd be happy to post these changes for anyone who thinks they may be useful.)

    I've seen problems with AirPort for iBooks, and problems with finding drivers for this particular adapter on so many forums that I thought this may be helpful for someone.

    PS: As if Realtek doesn't make things difficult enough the part is also listed around the web as GS-27USB-70.


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