9 Replies Latest reply: Aug 19, 2007 7:27 PM by djdawson
kma32254 Level 1 (0 points)
I am new to the mac mini, having inherited an older model that does not have an internal wireless internet receiver. The folks at the local Apple store told me to buy either a D-Link or Belkin dongle. I purchased the D-Link WUA-2340 and tried to plug n' play but no luck. Can anyone help me? Are there any settings that I need to change or do you know a specific model USB adapter that I can purchase that will just plug n' play? What do I have to do to go wireless? Yes I have a broadband connection being broadcast from a wireless router that all my other computers pick up just fine. When I plug this adapter in to the USB port on the mini I don't even get any lights.

mac mini, Mac OS X (10.4.10), Please post your fix ASAP
  • John Sutherland Level 2 (245 points)
    I asked this question too as I have the same problem.

    Previous Thread

    I'm surprised the Apple store recommended those products as I can find no mention of any drivers for OS X.

    I'd be interested to know if you could get it working. The only solutions I could find were the Airport card and an ethernet/820.1x adapter.
  • John Sutherland Level 2 (245 points)
    Has anyone got this working?

    Wireless-G USB Network Adapter
  • kma32254 Level 1 (0 points)
    This one also looks interesting. I like ASUS motherboards from my building days, but I don't know how well this adapter works.

    Check it out: http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Asus/WL167G/
  • kma32254 Level 1 (0 points)
    Also they said at the apple store that it would be plugnplay that means no drivers would have to be installed.
  • John Sutherland Level 2 (245 points)
    I think they may have been lying about that.
  • SDM Doug Level 1 (70 points)
    I bought a D-Link Model DWL-G122 for a G4. The Apple Store in Salem Oregon gave me a little application called, "Wireless Utility". I use it to start the D-Link. Occasionally I have to unplug and replug the D-Link to get it started.

    If you want you can email me and I will send a reply to you with the Wireless Utility App attached. It is only 936K. You can try it out.

    Send email to me at sdmdoug@comcast.net

    Hope this helps.
  • clintbradford Level 3 (905 points)
    Quickertek's 802.11n USB dongle was expected to be in stock last week...just FYI.
  • LevitateMe Level 1 (0 points)
    I have this adapter and it works great with my Powerbook but not so great with my Mini - when I hit certain sites, it disconnects from my wireless network and refuses to find it again when I rescan. I'm not sure whether the adapter, the Mini or the website itself is to blame (have tried with several browsers). I have to reboot to get online again.

    However like I said, it works absolutely fine with my Powerbook (which is older than my Mini), the software is easy to use and the price isn't bad - it even comes with an extender so you can alter the angle it's at, which is handy when it's sticking out the back of a laptop!
  • djdawson Level 2 (170 points)
    My sister is in the same predicament. I did some googling and found this, which sounds promising:

    <http://www.afterthemac.com/product.php?id=mac%20wireless>

    The only reason I haven't ordered it yet is my sister isn't sure she's going to use the mini at all (it was my mother's before she died, so now my sister has it).

    The D-Link model everyone used to recommend has been discontinued, and none of the current models appear to support OS X. Also, the product above is 802.11g and supports WPA encryption, so it'd be faster and more secure than that old D-Link unit also (assuming it works). Has anyone here tried this one before?

    Thx!