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I have tried and failed to purchase a PCI Express wireless card that has 802.11n capabilities for my Dual Core G5. So instead, I purchased a D-Link USB DWA-140 wireless dongle, knowing that all their chipsets so far have worked with the AirPort Extreme. Just plug it in and download the driver from the chipset manufacturer Ralink. (I used RT28xx:1.0.1.0b -- 5MB download.)

Once installed, you will need to restart. Configure the new network location (in the Network System Preferences panel), and then find the app called USBWirelessUtility that has been installed. It's as easy as that!
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Add AirPort Extreme suport via a wireless USB adapter
Authored by: coralseastudios on Mar 07, '08 01:15:13PM

I've been using this solution with a G5 iMac connected to an "N" Airport, and now "N" Time Capsule.

Throughput has been poor, and the software occasionally crashes, stopping the adapter altogether for no particular reason.

The adapter ISN'T recognized on startup requiring the adapter to be unplugged and replugged after the computer has completed startup.

RALink doesn't respond to queries about these issues.

Everything provided with the adapter seems geared to Windoze users - I hate when the same time and effort has not been placed on making accessories work properly on the Mac.

Overall it's a solution, but not a very elegant one.



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Add AirPort Extreme suport via a wireless USB adapter
Authored by: macalec on Mar 08, '08 10:57:05PM
ACTUALLY YOU CAN BUY A PCI EXPRESS CARD... HERE IS THE LINK: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833127218

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Add AirPort Extreme suport via a wireless USB adapter
Authored by: sgmoye on Mar 12, '08 02:55:05PM

How do I set up the new location in the Preferences pane. I'm using Airport. I'm being asked for the DNS server?

Thanks for any help...



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Add AirPort Extreme suport via a wireless USB adapter
Authored by: merosen on Mar 12, '08 05:48:42PM
Unfortunately all D-link adapters, be they some version of PCI or USB do not support Macs.
Seems like finding the Ralink driver may work.
However there is one supported option that is available, it's USB and designed for Macs.
Its made by Newer Technology and sold by Other World Computing.
I'm using it with a D-link DIR-655 gig router, an Ibook G4 (wireless) and a MacPro (wired)

https://eshop.macsales.com/item/Newer%20Technology/MXP802NU2C/

Interestingly it uses the Ralink driver
No problems with having to unplug - plug in dongle on reboot - finds net fine.
Only drawback is that on boot the Ralink utility launches to make a connection and is an open application that needs to be quit from manually.


Newer Tech also makes an companion N router but it doesn't have gig ports.
I bought the D-link router because has gig ports, has a good firewall and many firmware features.
It's also cheaper than t apple router at $125



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How? Add AirPort Extreme suport via a wireless USB adapter
Authored by: sgmoye on Mar 14, '08 12:56:55PM

Please -- I'm begging -- fill in the details of how you got this to work.

"Configure the new network location (in the Network System Preferences panel),"

What gets filled in and with what?

"and then find the app called USBWirelessUtility that has been installed."

OK, once it is opened, what do I do then?

"It's as easy as that!"

For you, maybe ;)

Any help would be gladly accepted.

Stephen Moye



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Add AirPort Extreme suport via a wireless USB adapter
Authored by: pumilamac on Mar 15, '08 08:44:34AM

The Newer Tech wireless options seem to only work on the congested 2.4Ghz spectrum and not 5Ghz. Airport N Cards and the Airport Extreme N routers have this option and for me 5Ghz is faster.

Seems like this might be okay if you have old devices connected to your B/G/N network in the slower 2.4Ghz mode. But YMMV if you want to get full wireless N speed.



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