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Use a D-Link DWL-G122 USB WiFi Dongle
Authored by: cornuto on Feb 23, '07 09:54:26PM

Since I brought home my Mac Mini (Intel) last summer, I've been stumped attempting to crack closed WiFi nets. I was lucky, at first, because several connections were open and I'd no need to figure out Kismac's desire for an AirPort Extreme driver that worked. The Intel Mini's AirPort Extreme hardware differs from Apple's previous renditions and Kismac would not function.

So, I searched for a USB wireless card with a PrismII chipset. No luck.

I purchased a D-Link DWL-G122 with a Ralink (RT-2500) chipset. The card worked, to connect to open wireless networks but, Kismac still puked at me.

I gave up for months.

Last night, I discovered the fix. After R[ing]TFM, or web site.... posted a new source for the card's drivers. Only catch being the user had to build the app.

I'm a UNIX newbie.

So, I connected to Apple's Developer site, got a free membership and updated my Developer Tools to 2.4.1. and followed's instructions and built my first apps. Not difficult.

The result is not only my USB card works with Kismac, but the AirPort Extreme in the Intel Mini also works.

If anyone is interested in the process, reply to this post with a request. I'll send easy info.

Otherwise, I've upped links to both the Intel Mini AirPort Extreme and USB Ralink (RT-2500) chipset bulids of Kismac. Note: the Ralink build supports the Intel Mini AirPort Extreme, too.

This was kinda fun....

D-Link card build:

Intel Mini AirPort Extreme card build:

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