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Use a D-Link DWL-G122 USB WiFi Dongle - revisited
Authored by: dickjackson on Mar 29, '06 10:35:33PM

Hi,

My thanks as well for a great write-up on this. I have a 333 MHz iMac from 1999 (tray-loading) that can't take a wireless card, so I wanted something like this to get it on my wireless network (D-Link DI-624 router). I almost went with the DWL-G122 and your hints but it looked a little too iffy for the non-technical users who would be using the iMac.

I saw other comments about the Netgear WGE111 Wireless Game Adapter which *does* in fact do WPA (some reports were unclear) and decided to try it out. It was hard to actually find a store that would get one in with a refund-if-fails guarantee, but I did, and it works perfectly as advertised!

I hope this helps anyone else looking for a fallback plan.

Cheers,
-Dick



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Use a D-Link DWL-G122 USB WiFi Dongle - revisited
Authored by: poadi on May 01, '06 12:07:03AM

Trying to find a cheap wireless solution for my old iMac DV, I picked up a DWL-G122 ver. B1. After reading all of the information above, I first tried installing the Railink drivers and they worked just fine, but they were a bit clunky to work with. I then uninstalled them and installed the ones on the driver CD. They work perfectly. The installer adds a new preference pane and it also adds a nice signal strength gauge by the clock. A few hints...

The dongle will not start up initially until you set your network up in the preference pane.

Use a static IP address; When your Mac starts up, the network initialization tries to negotiate a dynamic address before the dongle starts up and you get a random address. Using a static address fixes this.

Also, for some reason, the driver(?) will sometimes take up to a minute to load and start the dongle on system startup.

I'm running it on an iMac DV and OS 10.3.9.



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Use a D-Link DWL-G122 USB WiFi Dongle - revisited
Authored by: berniedd on Sep 12, '06 09:20:54AM

My iBook is a G3 (336 MHz), now updated to OS X 10.3.9 (Panther) with 320 MB total RAM. The guy I was talking to at the computer shop said he has solved the problem of going wireless on an older Mac without a (costly) airport card.His solution is to use the Asus WL330G wireless accesspoint. He connects it to the laptop's Ethernet port via a supplied cable that makes the Mac think it is connected to a LAN. He then fired up his internet browser and typed in the URL of the WL330G (supplied by the device's documentation), and from which he could make the settings on the WL330G to connect to the area's hot spot. He says the beauty of the setup is there's no software nor driver to install and is compatible with any computer with an Ethernet port.

What do you guys think? I'm sorely tempted to go out and buy one but I'd like feedback on this thing first. Some Mac guy told me that this Asus device is not Mac-friendly as far as the settings are concerned.

BTW, I found a brand new D-Link DWL-G122 but it's a rev. C1, not a B1. I'd rather not buy it yet, as I'd like you guys to say if it'll work for me or not. For one, my system administrator may not probably want to change the password on the company machines just to fulfill the requirement for a 13-character password. Just in case he does cooperate, which option do you think is the better choice, if indeed the C1 version is okay for my system?



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