Wireless N adapter to use with Macbook

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

  1. Qinetic macrumors member

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    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.

    http://portablemonkey.com/article/micro-80211n-usb-adapters-hit-japan/

    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?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Jenius macrumors newbie

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    Would you consider upgrading your built-in card to 802.11n?

    http://www.ifixit.com/MacBook-Parts/MacBook-802-11n-Airport-Extreme-Card/IF185-038

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

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    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

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    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

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    a new advertised 802.11n wireless dongle

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

    http://rokland.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=317

    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:

    http://rokland.com/store/product_in...d=336&osCsid=a55fbb495118703b310ae3b4bde9a9d8

    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.
    :apple:
     
  6. zagato27 macrumors 65816

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    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

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    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:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0JI4ERPOdA
     
  8. mobius1 macrumors newbie

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    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:

    http://driversbag.com/DWA-130.htm

    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

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    Great post!

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

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