Wireless USB card problems

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by rapps, Jul 5, 2004.

  1. rapps macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2004
    I have a D-link USB wireless internet card (DWL-122) that I've just plugged into my new (and first) iBook. Problem is....it freezes the machine and I have to hard restart it all the time. I downloaded the new drivers and still cannot surf the internet without it crashing.

    So....has anyone else had this experience?!

    Also, besides the airport extreme....has anyone had any luck with any other usb wireless internet adapters? I may have to return this POS!

    Thanks so much.
  2. BFedrec macrumors newbie

    Feb 20, 2004
    Lawrenceville, GA
  3. strider42 macrumors 65816


    Feb 1, 2002
    can't comment ont hat particular adaptor, but I'll say the linksys wet11 ethernet (and requires no drivers and is OS independent) adaptor works very well. if you return it, you may look at it, though its a bit more expensive. I saw linksys also makes "game adaptors" that appear to be mostly the same thing and probably would work with a computer as well as an xbox.
  4. WCat macrumors member


    OK, I'll bite ;). If you've got a new iBook, meaning it's a current production model, why not buy an Airport Extreme card and pop it inside the iBook's cozy little slot? Fully integrated in the machine, which already has built-in antennas, etc. etc. I'm assuming you must need a USB wireless client for SOME reason other than the small difference in price?


  5. BFedrec macrumors newbie

    Feb 20, 2004
    Lawrenceville, GA
    well... USB wireless can be had for $20 WITH a built in 32meg thumbdrive... which is a far cry cheaper than an airport card is... so the difference in price is enough.
  6. Macmaniac macrumors 68040


    Actually you should return it, I read a recent MacAddict article about this particular piece, it does not play well with computers which have airport compatibility built into them. They could not get the device to work, it would frequently crash their test machines, and sometimes they would get a KP.
  7. bearshat macrumors newbie

    Dec 20, 2004

    I purchased a second hand DWL-122 from Tigerdirect.com and it works just fine with my old 366Mhz I-Book running on OSX 10.2. I downloaded the latest driver and used the usb extension cable provided. For some reason, it did not work without using the cable.

    My wireless router is a Netgear 802.11B device. It works perfectly with my DWL-122 and I-Book. My wireless set up costs were $28 for the DWL-122 and $8 (after rebates) for the Netgear router. Not too shabby.
  8. BFedrec macrumors newbie

    Feb 20, 2004
    Lawrenceville, GA
    Sadly I didn't read the follow-ups to this and ended up with the same product and the same problem... dlink says basically that if you're using anything that's not 10.2.x or 10.3.2? you're hosed... so if you're running the latest patches you've got problems. I guess this will go in an old PC for my son to use and I'll keep an eye out for an airport to put in my ibook G4


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