Wireless N adapter to use with Macbook

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Qinetic, Mar 11, 2009.

  1. Qinetic macrumors member

    Jan 6, 2009
    I recently purchased the D-Link DWA-130 adapter to find out that I received the 1/3 hardware revisions that isn't Mac compatible (whoo!). I'll just keep that one and use it on my PC.

    So once again I'm in the market for a new adapter because my macbook isn't picking up the wireless signal at my college, no matter where I take it.

    I'm using the Logitech VX Nano, so the USB dongle in the port is very small, taking up little space surrounding the actual empty space. I need a USB adapter that I can use with my mouse dongle, so that I can have them both plugged in at the same time. Most wireless N adapters I've seen are very wide and would be impossible to use with my mouse so that's the struggle.


    These are the only ones that I could find that match what I need.

    Can anyone tell me where I could purchase one of these? Are there others similar to these that you can tell me about? Is there a way to get my h/w rev: A1 DWA-130 to work on my Mac?

  2. Jenius macrumors newbie

    Nov 18, 2007
    Hong Kong
    Would you consider upgrading your built-in card to 802.11n?


    The last time I saw this on ebay, it cost around US$20. It works with Core Duo MacBooks
  3. rockstarjoe macrumors 6502a


    Jun 2, 2006
    washington dc
    I never realized it was that easy to swap out the airport card! Thanks, you might have breathed some new life into my poor old Core Duo Macbook!! :)
  4. Qinetic thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 6, 2009
    I have the newest macbook so it already has 802.11n built in. I want to extend the range because I don't pick up a signal at my college.
  5. jwegrzyn macrumors newbie

    Jul 16, 2009
    a new advertised 802.11n wireless dongle

    I don't know anything more about it than what I've read, but here it is:


    802.11n USB Wireless Adapter Card for MAC iMAC & Apple Airport - $31.97

    I just purchased from Newegg 3 Netgear WN111v2 802.11n dongles in the hopes that they would work with my Macs and my Netgear WNDR3300 wireless router...needless to say they don't. I contacted Newegg and the service adviser issued me a RMA, so I'm happy with them about that.

    As far as the Rokland dongles are concerned, I won't have money to order them until Newegg credits my account, so I won't be able to post anything about their quality/reliability/durability until later on this summer, but I do plan to order them soon.

    In looking through the Rokland website I've also just found the following:


    The n3: 802.11n Wireless-N Long Range WiFi USB for Macs & PCs - $39.97

    which looks even more interesting to me since I have some range/wall issues to cope with in using my wireless network. I will research/buy/post soon.
  6. zagato27 macrumors 65816


    Aug 10, 2003
    The Hill
    I have an old G5 (PPC) that has the airport card installed. I am about to purchase a new "n" router but I don't think that the oem wireless airport card supports this. Could I disconnect the internal airport card and plug this usb dongle in one of my usb ports and be able to get "b", "g" and "n"?
  7. pockyrevolution macrumors member

    Jan 6, 2004
    The n3 works great!

    Hey I just bought the n3 about a week ago. It's long range wireless part actually works as advertised! I was able to pull up a 28% signal up to 76%- and that was on a 80211g network. Way cheeper than the Quickly from QuickerTek too.

    Check out my video review:
  8. mobius1 macrumors newbie

    Mar 23, 2010
    A Fix for this problem!!

    hey, i know this is a long while later since Qinetic started this, but I've found a way to make the original D-link usb adapter that he has work for mac.

    After looking for a while, I found this awesome site that has mac drivers for this device:


    I originally looked up this site because, i'll be honest here, i don't have the money to go out and get a mac anything, so currently i'm mac-less. So what i got is a mini Acer Aspire One i got for christmas a year or so back with xp on it. Xp died on me(the laptop hardware was still perfect, Go Acer!:p), anyways, i got one of my friends to download mac 10.5.2 and change the BIOS to run it on it. He got everything to work but the built in wifi card, so i got a DWA-130 and found some drivers for it, problem solved --mostly-- Only bug i found is that when trying to connect to a secured network, it wont accept a password unless its 10 or 26 characters.. which is lame.. but oh well, it works. If anyone else finds a "solve" for this problem, it would be greatly appreciated.
  9. Dhelsdon macrumors 65816


    Feb 5, 2010
    Canadian Eh!
    Great post!

    Thanks for the link, haven't quite got mine going yet but hopefully I'll figure it out.

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