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PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2005 11:25 pm    Post subject: usb-wifi on a powerbook? Reply with quote

Hi guys I have gotten myself into a pickle this time... we'll see if there are any useful answers left in these old forums!

I am about to buy a laptop. I want to get a powerbook. I can only afford the 12 inch model, and that is really all I want, I need maximum portability, and I like the small weight. So I was just lookin at the "tech specs" for the latest 12" on apples website. I found that the latest powerbooks ALL have airport extreme builtin. This is a problem. Wireless access is gonna be a must for me immediately. At first I thought I could just get a wifi card and pop it in, but ohhhh no... Apple only put the pcmcia slot on 15" or 17" powerbooks this time around. I can't afford one of those and I don't want to carry one of those big suckers around either.

So I was wondering if I could get a usb-wifi dongle of some sort to do the job until the airport extreme drivers are finished (because you know its only a matter of time till some genius hacker figures one out, stupid broadcom.) Now I would like it to be as fast as possible, but I can live with a 802.11b one if I have to. What it DOES need, is confirmation that somebody out there has it working.

so.... anybody have advice for me? If somebody can recommend a small usb-wifi that they are successfully using with ppc I would go ahead and get the powerbook. Otherwise I am stuck getting a thinkpad, or some other x86 lappy. Normally it wouldn't matter but I have been throwing together a small webhosting business, and to deliver what I have promised to a couple of customers I need this to work so that I can maintain my servers from the martial arts club before class, which is the only freetime left in my day.

lemme know whatcha all think. :mrgreen:
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2005 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bought a D-Link DWL-122 USB wireless card and it works well, despite the fact that it is a 802.11b (not 802.11g) card and doesn't work with 802.1x authentication (because of the drivers only). None the less, USB wireless support on Linux is evolving at a fast pace and we'll soon (I hope) get support for 802.11g dongles.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2005 2:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the zd1211 project is quite stable on PPC currently. this is a 802.11g dongle. i have the hardware but i cant tell you how good it works since i lack an AP currently. but the driver compiles and loads fine and i can scan and detect APs in my neighbourhood. on the zd1211 mailing list you can also read some success stories about associating this thing to an AP on PPC. so overall i would say it works. WPA encryption is currently not working though. if you can live with WEP its alright i guess.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2005 11:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ok thanks guys... that gives me a place to start. I will have to make it work. :?
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 30, 2005 1:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Speaking of which... does anyone know how far along the Airport Extreme linux driver project has become?

I'm installing Gentoo / Fresh Installing OSX 10.4 on monday and like you guys, wireless is always important...
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