11 Replies Latest reply: Jun 12, 2007 5:20 AM by Peel (aka Weasel)
Taully Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I am planning to buy a Mac-Book. Are there are incompatibilities with DLink wireless access points and airports. I have a Dlink access point and worried about whether it will work with my New MacBook or not.

Please Help. Are there any wireless woes as such with the MacBook airport? I am very new to Macs.

Macbook 2.0 Ghz Intel Duo, Mac OS X (10.4.7)
  • 1. Re: Incompatibilty with Dlink?
    Eric Kracinski Level 6 Level 6 (15,925 points)
    Welcome to the discussions!

    I have not heard a rash of complaints with D-Link like I have with Linksys.

    Any 802.11G router should work fine, but there have been some issues with the Linksys models. I use a Netgear WGR614 with no problems here.
  • 2. Re: Incompatibilty with Dlink?
    Tom Wojeck Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have a DLink DI-624 that I use with my macbook and I have not had any problems with it. As a matter of fact, my macbook seems to work better with it than my compaq notebook.
  • 3. Re: Incompatibilty with Dlink?
    Larry_Rymal Level 2 Level 2 (255 points)
    I have a DLink DI-624 that I use with my macbook and
    I have not had any problems with it. As a matter of
    fact, my macbook seems to work better with it than my
    compaq notebook.

    Indeed. I also have a 624 and have far less problems accessing it with my Macs than I do with any of my PCs. I have to reconnect with the PCs frequently. My D-Link 624 is about four years old (????) and admittedly, I haven't crawled inside of it in months.

    Set up is rather standard and I avoided using its CD. Don't install ANYTHING on your computer from D-Link, Linksys, etc., or from your ISP. Your Mac already has all that you need.
  • 4. Re: Incompatibilty with Dlink?
    Taully Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks Guys,

    Not too many people around in India who know too much about Mac's.

    I will get my Macbook delivered next week. I will pour questions then. Once again, thank you all.
  • 5. Re: Incompatibilty with Dlink?
    rlkoppel Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I just purchased a Dlink DIR635 Rangebooster Draft N. My powerbook g4 works fine with the wireless without encryption but if I try to use wpa or wpa2 neither work. Powerbook comes back with either encryption not supported or having trouble joining network. I have tried using $ sign before the passphrase and it doesn't solve the problem. I have upgraded the firmware on the dlink to 1.05 too.

    Anyone else have this problem? You can't use wep with the dir635, only wpa, wpa2 personal or enterprise. I have tried all combinations of wpa and wpa2 personal.


    ps encrytion or open works fine with my 2 thinkpads, only the mac has trouble with encryption.

    powerbook g4   Mac OS X (10.3.9)  
  • 6. Re: Incompatibilty with Dlink?
    JDHOW Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have a dlink 524 and when i set the encryption to wpa I can connect to the wireless but when i open Safari it says i'm not connected and if i click network diagnostics then it shows and incorrect isp. If i return the dlink without encryption then everything works fine...guess i can't be bothered to play around anymore so if anyone can figure it out then please let me know. I spoke to Apple when I first bought it (macbook) on boxing day (2006) and tech support even said that that mac's dont like WPA.
  • 7. Re: Incompatibilty with Dlink?
    khunsanook Level 1 Level 1 (145 points)
    I also have a DI-524 and it works GREAT with my MacBook. I have never tried it with encryption activated, though.

    Have fun with your new MacBook
  • 8. Re: Incompatibilty with Dlink?
    Bob Lang1 Level 5 Level 5 (4,080 points)

    I have a DLink 524 running with encryption and talking to my MacBook, but setting it up was a complete pain. I recall entering the WEP key several times into the MacBook and then having to reboot before they would talk with each other. I think you need to persevere and eventually it will work.

  • 9. Re: Incompatibilty with Dlink?
    AKMacAddict Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have a Dual 2.5 G5, a 17" 2.0GHz iMac, a 12" 1.33GHz G4 PB, and most recently a 15" 2.33GHz C2D MBP. All, with the exception of the MBP work great with my Dlink DIR-625.

    I upgraded the 625 through three revisions, finally to 1.09. However, I still suffer a problem with the MBP.

    The MBP refuses to boot successfully. It hangs with the Mac OSX screen; the blue status bar just comes to a screeching halt and it won't continue the boot sequence. None of the other machines have a problem.

    I've tried WPA and WPA2. My SSID is hidden, but that doesn't make a difference. The only way to successfully boot the MBP is to power down the 625, and then remove that 'network.'

    The 625 is running on a cable modem. I also have an Airport Extreme that broadcasts my DSL connection. I have no problems with any machine on that connection. It's set up in a similar fashion, WPA and hidden SSID.

    So, bottom line, be careful with the newer hardware. There could be some incompatibilities with Draft-N spec equipment. I've seen a few other folks that have issues as well... Hopefully there will be new drivers from the MBP, especially since Apple has finally jumped on the bandwagon with the tv product, new Aiport Extreme, etc.

    Keeping my fingers crossed...

    2.5GHz Dual G5, 15" 2.33GHz C2D MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.8) Also a 17" 2.0GHz G5 iMac, and 12" 1.33GHz G4 Powerbook
  • 10. Re: Incompatibilty with Dlink?
    AKMacAddict Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    As I side note... I should mention that I also use an Airport Express to stream iTunes content to my stereo, from the Library on the 2.5GHz G5. It also works flawlessly on the Dlink network. All machines are connected wirelessly...

    Good luck!
  • 11. Re: Incompatibilty with Dlink?
    Peel (aka Weasel) Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I can't get my old di-614 to work using wep with my macbook. I'm planning on buying a new 801.11n router, but the front runner is the dlink 635.

    I'm a bit nervous about buying another dlink router to work with it, however the forusm are filled with posts about nearly all router makes.