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Use a D-Link DWL-G122 USB WiFi Dongle
Authored by: llednas2 on Aug 04, '05 10:27:39PM

I have an IMac G4 running 10.2.8 and just purchased the D-Link DWL-G122 usb adapter (hw ver B1, fw ver 2.02). I have no Airport card installed on this machine. I downloaded the most recent drivers for the 2500 chipset (1.0.7.0 I believe), and installed them. Restarted the mac, plugged in the device and everything seemed to be working correctly. The new network connection for the adapter displayed in the control panel, and the Wireless Utility program launched when I plugged in the adapter.

I was able to see both of my access points in the wireless utility. One is an airport (graphite) and the other is a recent Linksys model. I had WEP turned on for both and was never able to actually establish a connection. I turned off WEP on the Airport station and when it restarted, the DWL-G122 was able to connect to it.

Unfortunately, I moved some items on the desk and the adapter got unplugged. After a kernal panic and a restart, I was able to see both base stations in the utility again, but have not been able to establish a connection to either. I've tried uninstalling/reinstalling the drivers/utility multiple times, but no success. I can see bases listed in the site survey, but can't connect (I've tried turning them off so only one is on at a time too). The USB adapter isn't broken, because if I plug it into my Dell laptop it works fine and can connect to either base.

Okay, for the actual question.. Am I missing something obvious to get a connection? Is it possible the kernal panic messed up something that uninstalling/reinstalling the drivers/utlity won't correct, and if so, what do I need to look into?

For anyone that has gotten a DWL-G122 to work, what steps did you take?

Additionally, assuming I can get this working again (without WEP activated on my access points), is there a trick to getting the connection to work with WEP?



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Use a D-Link DWL-G122 USB WiFi Dongle
Authored by: prock77 on Dec 28, '05 02:15:56PM

I'm surfing using 10.2.8 now. This tip worked wonders! I'm connecting to a DLink DI-624 wireless router and the only problem I haven't been able to solve is that I need to set the wireless router to broadcast the SSID. WEP and WPA-PSK works fine, though.

I got the odd kernel panic too, but I found they don't happen if you plug in and unplug the usb adapter when you're logged in. It's not detected if you boot with it plugged in and if you shutdown/restart with it plugged in then you're risking a kernel panic.

The only other thing is that I need to do a little 'coaxing' to get a DHCPOFFER. I've even had to go so far as to manually set the IP address but after I do that once I can switch back to full DHCP and it will connect automatically across reboots until I try to connect to a different wireless network.



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