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PostPosted: Sun Mar 28, 2004 11:38 am    Post subject: WLAN and IBook G4 Reply with quote

Hi,
I'm currently thinking of buying an 14'' IBook G4 which I want to run with Gentoo and Mac OS X. Now there's the problem, that the AirPort Extreme cards are not supported by linux
Does someone know an alternative which runs with Linux and Mac OS X?
I was thinking of the Netgear MA111 but I can't find any informations regarding Mac OS X support
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2004 7:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am in the same situation with my Powerbook. Here is the link to a post that I made where someone refered me to a D-LINK USB adapter and a link to set it up. I just ordered it, but will post when I get it working.

https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic.php?t=153997&highlight=powerbook+wireless+dlink
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2004 7:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

you have dlink usb cards and netgear usb cards, all work on gentoo...
i would on the other hand keep the AE (Airport Extreme only 99$) for macosx.
you never know if it ever gets supported on linux.

i know there are projects reverse engineering the drivers, so it might happen :p.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2004 3:14 pm    Post subject: Cisco Aironet 350 series cards Reply with quote

The Cisco Aironet 350 series is a great 802.11b CardBus card. You can find one on eBay or Amazon usually for under US$ 100. That may sound steep, but once you see the difference in signal strength and the quality of the Mac OS X driver and utilities, the price difference will make sense. Linux driver support is available, and has been for some time.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2004 4:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The Cisco Aironet 350 series is a great 802.11b CardBus card


The iBook G4 can only support USB/Firewire peripherals. A PCMCIA slot is not available, and the one used for the airport extreme card is not a standard miniPCI :(
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2004 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's right, I forgot. Sorry for not paying more attention.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2004 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SeJo wrote:
i would on the other hand keep the AE (Airport Extreme only 99$) for macosx.


but AFAIK the AE is only optional and I don't want to pay for something I can use only half the time

so the netgear and d-link usb nics are not supported by OS X?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2004 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Slo Mo Snail wrote:
SeJo wrote:
i would on the other hand keep the AE (Airport Extreme only 99$) for macosx.


but AFAIK the AE is only optional and I don't want to pay for something I can use only half the time

so the netgear and d-link usb nics are not supported by OS X?

The product page for the D-Link DWL-122 WiFi USB adapter says that it's supported under Mac OS X. That specific adapter is also supported by Linux... Google can probably help you figure out if other adapters are supported by both OS'es as well. :wink:
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2004 9:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My D-LINK DWL-122 came in and I installed it easily by using the following page as a guideline:

http://julian.coccia.com/article-53.html

Only problem that I had is that I had to download the latest version of linux-wlan-ng (pre20), from their website. The gentoo package gave me an error when trying to recognize the device. Best of luck!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 15, 2004 6:08 pm    Post subject: DWL-122 with Linux and OSX Reply with quote

I have been using a Dlink DWL-122 device plugged into
an iBook G4 USB port. The CD that came with it installs a driver onto OSX. For Linux I downloaded the linux-wlan-ng
code. Hotplugging seems to be required. Occasionally I have noticed the wireless connection hanging and a log message being generated saying that some buffer has over run and I have to unplug/plug the device and restart the connection.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 20, 2004 2:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the MA111 works fine for me, on an iBook G4 running kernel 2.6. I had to install linux-wlan-ng driver and tweak some init scripts to fit my needs.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 20, 2004 3:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hacked the DWL-122 drivers to make them work with my Netgear MA-111 under OSX.

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