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Use a D-Link DWL-G122 USB WiFi Dongle
Authored by: webbix on Feb 02, '05 12:14:47PM

I would be interested in more information or sources on the potential damage issue. I personally have not seen this and have run my internal Airport card (802.11b) and my Orininco even sharing my wifi from one to the other with SunShield configuring my Powerbook(TiBook) as a router.

Maybe it is the poor antenna performance of the TiBook that protected me from damage <kidding really on this>.

As for the other comment regarding alternative options, somewhat off topic but I will also make mention of Buffalo's WLI2-TX1-G54 Ethernet converter. I have been pleased with their products and they are very likely to be compatible with Airport/Airport Extreme including base stations and WDS. I use the 802.11g card in my card bus. It is recognized by the system as an airport card and displays in the menubar as such.

I could not figure out how to leave my internal card in and add a network interface for the Buffalo card (did strange things like duplicating both entries and could not separately control). I removed my internal airport card and now have a 'native' 802.11g card without the Extreme and much better signal. I also have the option of adding an external antenna (which I did, similar to the WLE-DA from Buffalo but smaller, easily fits in my pack).

I do need to remove and install the card when packing up but a small price for real wifi capability (even gets signal driving with Macstumbler/iStumbler; have not played with KisMac so far on this card).

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Use a D-Link DWL-G122 USB WiFi Dongle
Authored by: _merlin on Feb 03, '05 09:40:00AM

The transmitters in WiFi cards are powerful enough to destroy the sensitive receivers if connected directly. There is a very fast electronic switch in the card that connects the antenna to either the transmitter or receiver, depending on what it wants to do, but never both at the same time.

When you put two cards very close together, there's a small chance that enough power could couple from the antenna of one when it's transmitting to damage the receiver in the other. You'd probably have to have the antennas almost touching for this to happen, but there is a chance.

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Use a D-Link DWL-G122 USB WiFi Dongle
Authored by: andre.torrico on Feb 02, '06 04:56:42AM

This chance only happens with two wi-fi cards? Or the potencial damage issue can happen between this USB Device and the antenna of my linksys router?

Because I was testing the router and the device all on the same table. If I put this in a distance of more than 50cm it´s safe?

I know, I can put wires to cross all over, but I use the router for my notebook that travels around my house... why not use it for my mini mac and for my other computer and get free of wires?

I have to tables side by side, I was hoping to have the notebook resting beside my desktop and in the other table the mini and the router. Will everything explode if I don´t get more than 50cm of distance between then? :)

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