New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

 
Start a Discussion
 

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
Internet, Networking, and Wireless Discussion of networking, internet, and wireless including Apple's Airport products.

Do Linksys routers work with Macs?


Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

 
Thread Tools
dax3117
Guest
 
Posts: n/a

Ok, here's my problem:

I have a Mac mini in my living room which is connected to my Comcast cable modem. I have an iMac in my bedroom that has no internet connection. Rather than get a wireless card installed in my iMac and getting the Airbase, my friend said it would be cheaper if I bought a Linksys wireless router and a wireless usb adapter to plug into my iMac. I bought the Linksys router and the usb adapter but now I can't get it to work. Is there anyone out there who can give me step by step directions on how to set it up correctly? I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you.
QUOTE Thanks
brianj08

 
Member Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posts: 246
brianj08 will become famous soon enough

brianj08 is offline
i had a linksys router for years and it worked great, until i got my macbook. it was then that i was starting to have trouble with the linksys and my macbook. finally to make a long story short, my father went out and got a d-link wireless router and it has been working fantastic with every computer in my household, all the windows pc/notebooks and my macbook

white Macbook 1.83 GHz Core Duo/ 2 GB ram/ 60 GB HDD/ Wireless bluetooth mouse/ JBL Speakers
QUOTE Thanks
Arichards

 
Arichards's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jul 14, 2005
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Posts: 221
Arichards is on a distinguished road
Mac Specs: Macbook 1.83Ghz, 1GB Ram, 60GB HD. 19in. external display, bluetooth keyboard and mouse. Closed Lid.

Arichards is offline
I dunno about the step by step instructions, but I can tell you that your imac, if it is G5 or later should definately have a built in wireless card. Thus, you shouldn't need to buy an external linksystem usb receiver. Well, we have a netgear router and it came with a CD that contained drivers and a setup program. Going through the software assitant that came on the CD it was relatively easy to set up. Try using the CD and see if you can get some results.

If the CD doesn't work with a mac, you could use it on a windows based computer to set up the router. Once the router is set up and transmitting a signal, it won't matter wether you use mac or windows. You will still be able to browse the internet and connect to the network on your mac.

Also, check the manual.

Good luck.
QUOTE Thanks
nukemm

 
nukemm's Avatar
 
Member Since: Dec 15, 2006
Location: Oak Harbor, WA
Posts: 913
nukemm is a jewel in the roughnukemm is a jewel in the roughnukemm is a jewel in the rough
Mac Specs: 2.33Ghz Core2Duo MacBook Pro /// 2.2Ghz Core2Duo MacBook

nukemm is offline
I can't give you step-by-step directions including the USB wireless card, but I can give you some directions using a Linksys router and the built-in Airport from my Mac Mini.

What version iMac do you have? You may have built-in Airport, which would save the hassle of a USB wireless card.

I'll get back to you shortly when I have a few minutes to walk through the steps to get you setup.


Don't forget to use the reputation system!
My Setup
QUOTE Thanks
ToddG

 
ToddG's Avatar
 
Member Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posts: 2,071
ToddG has a brilliant futureToddG has a brilliant futureToddG has a brilliant futureToddG has a brilliant futureToddG has a brilliant futureToddG has a brilliant futureToddG has a brilliant futureToddG has a brilliant futureToddG has a brilliant futureToddG has a brilliant futureToddG has a brilliant future

ToddG is offline
I've never had much luck with the Linksys stuff and many people report that the WRT54G has problems with the Mac. However, if you want to keep trying to get it to work, make sure you have the latest firmware update for it.

I use a Belkin router and it works wonderfully.
QUOTE Thanks
brianj08

 
Member Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posts: 246
brianj08 will become famous soon enough

brianj08 is offline
that isnt entirely true. the moment i started to run into problems with my linksys router was when my father had just updated to the latest firmware. it worked great with my macbook prior to updating it

white Macbook 1.83 GHz Core Duo/ 2 GB ram/ 60 GB HDD/ Wireless bluetooth mouse/ JBL Speakers
QUOTE Thanks
Audio.Trench

 
Audio.Trench's Avatar
 
Member Since: Oct 03, 2005
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 2,722
Audio.Trench is just really niceAudio.Trench is just really niceAudio.Trench is just really niceAudio.Trench is just really nice
Mac Specs: Custom PC

Audio.Trench is offline
I have a Linksys WRT54G and have never had any problems with it connecting to my Windows PC, G4 Desktop, G4 Laptop (wireless) and my Linux server. I have to reset it once in a while because I tend to bog it down with high data transfers, but other than that it works great.

As for your iMac, it should have an Airport card already installed if it's a G5 or newer, as Arichards has pointed out.
QUOTE Thanks
nukemm

 
nukemm's Avatar
 
Member Since: Dec 15, 2006
Location: Oak Harbor, WA
Posts: 913
nukemm is a jewel in the roughnukemm is a jewel in the roughnukemm is a jewel in the rough
Mac Specs: 2.33Ghz Core2Duo MacBook Pro /// 2.2Ghz Core2Duo MacBook

nukemm is offline
I'm using an older Linksys BEFW11S4 802.11b router, and it's working fine.

Setting everything up to run wireless shouldn't be that difficult. Ensure that your router is setup properly (ie. if you have WEP enabled, ensure that you write down the key). To check this, you need to be connected to the router (most reliable is via Ethernet cable). In the address bar in your browser type 192.168.1.1. It will ask you to login, the username and password should be admin/admin. Towards the bottom of the page you should see your wireless settings. If you want WEP security (password in order to join your network wirelessly) select Mandatory, and click on the WEP Key Setting button. Ensure that it is set to 64 bit, and that the default TX key is 1. Write down the first key, and move to the computer you want to connect wirelessly.

Disconnect all network media from the computer you want to connect wirelessly. Doing this will prevent confusion for you and your computer. Next, go to your system settings, Network. In the Show drop-down menu, you should have either Airport or a third party option, along with Bluetooth, Firewire, and built-in Ethernet. Select whichever one is your wireless (either Airport or third party).

Next you should select "Assist Me" then select Assistant. This will bring up the Network Setup Assistant, which should detect your wireless network and prompt you for your WEP key. When you input your WEP key, ensure the WEP type is set to 128 bit hex. If not, you will have errors and be unable to connect to your network, no matter how hard you try.

Hopefully this works... it may not be 100% accurate depending on your hardware/software configuration, but should be close.


Don't forget to use the reputation system!
My Setup
QUOTE Thanks
christm

 
christm's Avatar
 
Member Since: Dec 18, 2005
Location: Devon, England
Posts: 2,288
christm is a jewel in the roughchristm is a jewel in the roughchristm is a jewel in the rough
Mac Specs: ibook g4, imac 2ghz c2d, mbp 2.4ghz c2d - 10.5.1

christm is offline
i know from friends that linksys isnt always very good reliability wise. But i have never had one my self. We have a dlink wired router which provides the net for some wired macs and one pc and then it also feeds the airport extreme which 1 pc is running off.
QUOTE Thanks
D3v1L80Y

 
D3v1L80Y's Avatar
 
Member Since: Feb 02, 2004
Location: PA
Posts: 12,456
D3v1L80Y has a reputation beyond reputeD3v1L80Y has a reputation beyond reputeD3v1L80Y has a reputation beyond reputeD3v1L80Y has a reputation beyond reputeD3v1L80Y has a reputation beyond reputeD3v1L80Y has a reputation beyond reputeD3v1L80Y has a reputation beyond reputeD3v1L80Y has a reputation beyond reputeD3v1L80Y has a reputation beyond reputeD3v1L80Y has a reputation beyond reputeD3v1L80Y has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: MacBook

D3v1L80Y is offline
Routers are OS independant and will work with any computer.

__________________________________________________
Posting and YOU|Forum Community Guidelines|The Apple Product Cycle|Forum Courtesy

mac: a waterproof raincoat made of rubberized fabric
MAC: a data communication protocol sub-layer, also known as the Media Access Control
Mac: a brand name which covers several lines of personal computers designed, developed, and marketed by Apple Inc.

QUOTE Thanks
nukemm

 
nukemm's Avatar
 
Member Since: Dec 15, 2006
Location: Oak Harbor, WA
Posts: 913
nukemm is a jewel in the roughnukemm is a jewel in the roughnukemm is a jewel in the rough
Mac Specs: 2.33Ghz Core2Duo MacBook Pro /// 2.2Ghz Core2Duo MacBook

nukemm is offline
If you haven't purchased your router yet, and your choices are Dlink or Linksys, I'd recommend Dlink, they are more reliable and have a much greater wireless range, with higher average connect speed.


Don't forget to use the reputation system!
My Setup
QUOTE Thanks
Dillinger-63

 
Dillinger-63's Avatar
 
Member Since: Feb 25, 2006
Location: Streator, Illinois
Posts: 643
Dillinger-63 has a spectacular aura about
Mac Specs: MacBook Pro 13 Inch, 2 Mac Mini's 1.66 & 1.83, 2- iMac Intel i3 iPhone 4 & iPad 2 32 gig.

Dillinger-63 is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by punkr0x0r View Post
I have a Linksys WRT54G and have never had any problems with it connecting to my Windows PC, G4 Desktop, G4 Laptop (wireless) and my Linux server. I have to reset it once in a while because I tend to bog it down with high data transfers, but other than that it works great.
Ditto here. I have the same Linksys and works fine with my iMac Intel, and PowerBook G4.

What's with the resetting because it tends to bog down?

My Avatar is in memory of my beloved K-9,
Dillinger who was killed in the line of duty.
QUOTE Thanks
cazabam

 
cazabam's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jun 06, 2006
Posts: 1,153
cazabam is a glorious beacon of lightcazabam is a glorious beacon of lightcazabam is a glorious beacon of lightcazabam is a glorious beacon of lightcazabam is a glorious beacon of lightcazabam is a glorious beacon of light
Mac Specs: MacBook 2.0GHz White, 512MB RAM, 60GB HDD

cazabam is offline
As D3v1lB0y said, routers are not dependent on any particular OS. Any apparent incompatibility could be caused by all sorts of things. My Linksys WRT54G (v5) works just fine. The router should be the last place to look.

USB wireless adapters, however, are appalling. Many routers come bundled with a 'free' USB adapter that isn't worth the extra cost. They suffer from problems in the USB hub is overloaded with data or power draw, and the drivers tend to be flakey.

The worst thing is, I know so many people who buy laptops or iMacs or whatever with built in wireless support, but then assume that the router will only work with the bundled USB adapter. They then install the dodgy USB drivers and end up breaking their built in adapter's drivers in the process, ending up with a frantic call to me (or whoever their IT literate relative of choice is) to come fix it.
QUOTE Thanks
Del

 
Member Since: Dec 24, 2006
Location: N. Ireland
Posts: 901
Del has a spectacular aura about
Mac Specs: Mac Pro 2xQuad core 2.8GHZ

Del is offline
Linksys get my vote too.

I have a Linksys WAG54G router which works great with my MacBook and also my PCs
QUOTE Thanks
eric

 
eric's Avatar
 
Member Since: Nov 04, 2006
Location: twin cities, mn, usa
Posts: 8,708
eric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond repute

eric is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by D3v1L80Y View Post
Routers are OS independant and will work with any computer.
what db said...

i've got a WRT54G and a macbook and comcast high speed.

works super well.
QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe


« Protecting private data | need help setting up computer-to-computer network with current wifi network »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Does ECC Ram work in macs??? malice930 Apple Desktops 0 11-16-2005 10:04 AM
Networking Airport Express and a Linksys wireless router WannaMac Internet, Networking, and Wireless 3 05-27-2005 01:06 AM
20g iPod doesn't work with USB PCI card on PC? edokid iPod Hardware and Accessories 3 03-10-2005 07:19 PM
Internet doesn't work in OS X, but it does in OS 9 Nightblade Running Windows (or anything else) on your Mac 6 06-26-2004 04:09 PM
Which Mic work with G5 and G4 moni Other Hardware and Peripherals 0 01-17-2004 07:45 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:22 PM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
X

Welcome to Mac-Forums.com

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!


(4 digit year)

Already a member?