Wireless USB Network

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by hsantos, Dec 26, 2005.

  1. hsantos macrumors newbie

    May 3, 2005
    My wife has an eMac G3.
    I would like to set her computer on my linksys router.
    Can I use an USB network card from linksys?
    Or I absolutely need to use Airpot Wireless?

  2. OutThere macrumors 603


    Dec 19, 2002
    Sure, as long as there are Mac drivers available from Linksys, the 3rd party card should work fine.
  3. Laser47 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 8, 2004
    You mean imac right?
    Anyways, you dont need to use apples airport card to access a wireless network. You can use any usb wifi adapter as long as its mac compatible.
  4. 840quadra Moderator


    Staff Member

    Feb 1, 2005
    Twin Cities Minnesota
    As laser hinted to, there is no such thing as an eMac G3

    If you are going to get a USB adapter, I recommend the DWL-122 from D-Link as it has been a stable solution for my friends iMac G3 SE.
  5. zap2 macrumors 604


    Mar 8, 2005
    Washington D.C
    No i think they mean iMac
  6. ChrisFromCanada macrumors 65816


    May 3, 2004
    Hamilton, Ontario (CANADA)
    Be very careful here. I have heard the drivers are very problematic.
  7. imback macrumors newbie

    Jul 23, 2004
    new question

    Hi guys, I'm in the uk

    I've got a G5 1.8 and want to go wireles as I'm trailing an E-Net cable accross the living room floor and have a baby coming soon.

    Could you guys recommend a wireless router to use with NTL Broadband and a usb adaptor (I didnt get airport installed in my machine when I ordered it last year).

    Many thanks guys and happy holidays
  8. BlueRevolution macrumors 603


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
    it may be more expensive, but I'd still go with an Airport card. I recently put one in my own G5, it couldn't have been easier.

    I don't have any experience with routers though, so I won't make comment on that.
  9. strider42 macrumors 65816


    Feb 1, 2002
    yeah, exactly. One Os update, and the thing could be broken. Something doesn't work right, good luck waiting for a driver update. I don't like USB adaptors. USB was never meant for networking.

    A better solution is an ethernet based adaptor. linksys, belkin, dlink and macsense all make them. The macsense one even gets its power from the computer (via a USB cable, which isn't used for the networking side of it). Ethernet based adaptors are OS independent and don't require drivers. So there's no extra software to install. I recommend them voer USb adaptors every time.
  10. hsantos thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 3, 2005
    Thanks for all the answers... and yes I did a typo! My wife has a iMac G3.

    Other thank a d-link DWL-122...any other recommendation? I was reading elsewhere that the drivers are not very good... and it could crash the system.


    When you talk about ethernet based adaptor, would you have a model that you could give as an example?

  11. California macrumors 68040


    Aug 21, 2004
    There is an airport card adapter for the iMac G3 and it takes the old time original Airport cards -- but maybe you already know this. I've been sort of thinking about this for my mom's iMac but the wires out of her machine are not terrible.
  12. strider42 macrumors 65816


    Feb 1, 2002
    Didn't see this earlier. I use a link sys WET11, and there is the linksys WET54, belkin and dlink make similar devices. macsense makes one too that gets its power through USB but connects through ethernet, which is pretty cool.
  13. FoxyKaye macrumors 68000


    Jan 23, 2004
    Livermore, Terre d'Ange, Bas Lag, Gallifrey
    I hadn't realized that original AirPort cards had gone up so much in price. These folks sell both the AP card and the adapter for iMac G3s: http://www.macwireless.com/html/products/11g_11b_cards/airportcard.php

    However, when I bought one from them in the middle of last year, it was only $90 or so.

    The good news is that if you go this route and decide to scrap the iMac at some point, you can take the AP card out and re-sell it for a decent return on your investment.
  14. e²Studios macrumors 68020


    Apr 12, 2005
    I use a Linksys Wireless Ethernet Bridge to make the kids iMac wireless. I tried the DLink usb adapter that someone mentioned here but with 10.3.8 + it was nothing but hassle. The ethernet bridge was simple to install and works without any drivers on the mac. Model # is WET54G, I would highly recommend this over any 3rd party usb device.


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