03-24-2008, 12:18 AM
I just obtained my first mac
a g3 ibook 500 mhz, running 10.3.9 os. I am interested in running a wireless network through it. However, when I went to look at my options, airports are to rich for my blood at $100+. I have no PCMIa so a card isn't a opition. I decided I had two usb 1.1 ports that should work fine and attempted to hook an adapter through one of them. I looked online and saw that the d-links as a whole seemed to have fair compatibility. I went with a D-link WUA-2340. It looks just like the WUA-1340, which I had seen a detailed tutorial (http://torley.com/how-i-got-my-wirel...ing-with-a-mac
) on how to configure. once I plug it in, it does well, nothing. There is a flash of light as you plug it in and after that nothing. I know the usb ports work as my mouse works in both ports. I attempted to fix this using the ralink wireless configuration tool, with no success (http://www.ralinktech.com/ralink/Hom...acintosh.html)
. The tool is a set of drivers made my ralinks to support their chipsets on several different OS. I continued scoping around the internet trying to find a set of drivers that I could work with this particular system. I found this site, it seems to be very informative but I didn't know what exactly to do with what I was finding; Seattle wireless (http://www.seattlewireless.net/MacOS
) It seems between the WUA-1340 and the WUA-2340 d-link contracted the hardware out to someone different. The WUA -1340 was based on a ralink chipset and from what I found the WUA- 2340 is a Atheros. I have been unable to find any drivers that blanket the atheros chipsets and in addition I have been unable to isolate which exact chipset the WUA- 2340 is . My question comes, is there an easier way to do this? This is my first mac, however I am slightly farmilar with pcs. Do I need to continue the hunt for drivers? Do I need to find myself some hack tutorials to hack a driver(little experience there)? Do I need to find a different usb NIC? Should I just buy myself a really long cable? Is there any possibility of a firewire adapter? I have searched the forums here and haven't been able to piece together a solution from all the advice. You seem to be fairly knowledgeable and I was hoping you guys could help.