Wireless adapter for Mac mini

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by flycast, Sep 20, 2007.

  1. flycast macrumors newbie

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    What works well and hits an inexpensive price point?
     
  2. flycast thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you. I purchased a Linksys WUSB54GC on the advice of a store clerk before posting this post. I did this on the bet that Linksys had drivers for the mac. No luck.

    I do not see drivers at the Netgear site either. Are the drivers built in to Mac OS (10.4)?

    What do I do about drivers?
     
  3. velocityg4 macrumors 68040

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    There are two revisions of that model of USB adapter. One of the revisions is OS X compatible while the other is not, as they use different chipsets.

    http://kbserver.netgear.com/products/WG111.asp

    This adapter is sold as Mac compatible. It is being sold by Other World Computing that focuses on selling aftermarket upgrades for Apple computer systems.

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Asus/WL167G/

    From what I can tell at least one revision of the Netgear WG111 uses the prism chipset so you could try out this driver. "WirelessDriver.dmg.sitx"

    http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=34453&package_id=26604

    If you are running a version older than 10.4 try this.

    http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=34453
     
  4. danny_w macrumors 601

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    In my experience USB dongles are far more trouble than they are worth. Just get an ethernet bridge and be done with it. There are no drivers to worry about, and the savings in aggravation are well worth the (slight) added cost. There are many out there, including most any gaming adapter and a very few wireless routers (I have a Zyxel P-330W). You might ant to check eBay.
     
  5. flycast thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I already have a wireless router. How do I use a bridge?
     
  6. danny_w macrumors 601

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    You just plug it in and go. As I said, a very few routers have bridge capabilities, but are sometimes difficult to set up. Just get a gaming adapter and plug it into the mini, and you should have instant access (the mini thinks it is on a lan).
     

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