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Use a D-Link DWL-G122 USB WiFi Dongle - revisited
Authored by: riddle on Feb 19, '06 09:03:19AM
Thanks for reviving the old DWL-G122 thread from a year ago and for the excellent summary! There are testimonials to the DWL-G122 at Amazon and numerous dongles for sale on ebay and a real need to sort out what works and what doesn't.

Some followup comments and questions:

1. One reason why you might be interested in a USB wireless antenna even if you've got a modern Mac with builtin wireless is that the reception on the Airport cards (at least in a titanium PowerBook like mine) is notoriously weak. There are lots of times when I get little or no reception and my pals with Dell laptops are doing great. I also want a cheap USB wireless device so I can play with gizmos like the famous Chinese cookware antenna.

2. Thanks for the warning that two antennas in use simultaneously can damage each other. But there's no problem as long as you turn off your built-in antenna before plugging in the USB one, right? Presumably you could avoid the problem by putting the USB antenna at the end of a cable, correct? How long would be far enough? And doesn't this problem also apply if people on two different laptops are working in close quarters?

3. So the Ralink driver trick only works with the B1 version of the G122. What if you can locate an older A1 or A2 version? Will they still work on Mac OS X 10.4? There seem to be plenty of them on ebay, although a lot of the sellers don't say and probably don't know which version they've got. (The ones who do so are trying to cater to TiVo users, who also have dependencies on the G122 version.)

4. Finally, are there any *other* USB wireless antennas which can be scrounged up cheap for use on a Mac? Don't answer that -- I'll start another thread.

Thanks again!

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D-Link DWL-G122 USB WiFi Dongle Snag
Authored by: rosehowl on Feb 22, '06 09:03:37PM

I've been having a problem with my DWL-G122. Thanks to this amazing Thread, I, who did not feel that hunting down and buying an Airport card for my titanium Powerbook G4 now running 10.4 was worth it, bought this wonderful little device, set it up, downloading the MAC software, and got the thing working.

It worked really well for about a month and then suddenly two days ago for no apprent reason stopped working.

It still opens up the USBWireless program all by itself when I plug it in and automatically claims to connect to my network, showing the little green icon of the shaking hands and claiming to have good signal and all of that BUT when I open a browser, I get nothing.

I've tried everything I can think of. I've tried restarting the computer, using different browers, using my neighbor's unsecure network, manually resetting my IP address, looking specifically for my router (which it can't even find). But Nothing!

I just don't understand why it would have stopped working all of a sudden when it was working just fine before.


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