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Old 03-14-2005, 10:03 AM   #1
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Default External wireless card for Mac?

Can anyone recommend a good external (USB, ethernet, etc.) wireless card for the Mac that isn't Airport/Airport Extreme, and that has drivers compatible for g and OS X? I am loath to bring my Mac Mini back for complicated card installations, and would prefer a more convenient, and less expensive, solution.

Any help will be much appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 03-15-2005, 12:31 AM   #2
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The simplest solution is probably an ethernet to WiFi bridge such as the Netgear WGE101:

http://www.netgear.com/products/details/WGE101.php

It just plugs in to the ethernet port (or an ethernet hub) and connects to any WiFi base station. It doesn't need any drivers so is compatible with OSX or OS9 -- you just need a web browser to configure it.

It might also be worth asking over at Snarkish (http://overconfident-wannabe.com/snarkish/) to see if anyone has additional ideas.

   
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Old 03-15-2005, 05:35 PM   #3
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I don't think that'd fit the bill ... the OP's looking for a wireless adapter for the Mac so as not to have to add a wireless card internally.

Something more like the Netgear WG111
http://www.netgear.com/products/details/WG111.php

Only something with Mac support, which the WG111 doesn't seem to offer. Pity

   
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I don't think that'd fit the bill ... the OP's looking for a wireless adapter for the Mac so as not to have to add a wireless card internally.
What's the problem with the Netgear? It just plugs in to the ethernet port of any computer.

   
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What's the problem with the Netgear? It just plugs in to the ethernet port of any computer.
Yes, but if something goes awry and you want help to see if the thing is functioning correctly, you have to call tech support and, as a friend found a while back, NetGear support (apparently a call center in India) is openly Mac hostel. The only way my friend got help was to pretend she was using a Windows box (she knew enough of Win to fake her way through the conversation). When she said she was using a Mac, the call center people just threw up their hands and said "we don't support Macs; hook it up to a Windows machine and we'll help you."

   
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>>elysec: is openly Mac hostel.

I really can't resist...bathroom down the hall, bring your own linens and you have to be out by 7am???

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>>elysec: is openly Mac hostel.

I really can't resist...bathroom down the hall, bring your own linens and you have to be out by 7am???

Terrie

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LOL!!! Typing with distractions (a near-5 year old boy dancing around me and this laptop, begging for juice) yet again!

   
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>>elysec: Typing with distractions (a near-5 year old boy dancing around me and this laptop, begging for juice) yet again!

Figured it was something like that...'-}}

I just got such a funny image in my head when I read it...

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What's the problem with the Netgear? It just plugs in to the ethernet port of any computer.>>

Er ... [he says after looking more closely at the link] ... er ... [with a sheepish grin] ... er ...

Nothing.

   
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