5 Replies Latest reply: Feb 15, 2009 6:42 PM by Steve Martarano
dcdunk Level 1 Level 1
My room is on the second floor and the router is on the first floor. I want to get wireless internet in my room so I can use my ipod touch and ps3. Does anyone know of any usb adapters that will be compatible with my imac g5?

iMac G5, Mac OS X (10.4.7)
  • K Shaffer Level 6 Level 6
    expertise.desktops
    Desktops
    There are several USB 2.0 wi-fi adapters, which should work
    with your iMac G5 computer. Some may be seen directly on
    insertion but most should have software drivers with the item
    or from the manufacturer's web page. Some of these say if
    they work with Mac OS X (version) and other configurations.

    Also, you should be able to get & use an AirPort wireless card
    such as would have been an option in the computer when new.
    Some models have a specialized model on the logic board, so
    that may be more involved after the original sale to acquire one.

    Good luck & happy computing!
  • dcdunk Level 1 Level 1
    i've checked many companies and i cant find one that is compatible with mac os. do you know of any that are?
  • dcdunk Level 1 Level 1
    i found one its by addlogix if anyone is interested.
  • K Shaffer Level 6 Level 6
    expertise.desktops
    Desktops
    There are a few, and some of the ones you'll find
    that say Windows XP or Vista compatible also
    can be used with Macs, as a few manufacturers
    may have driver downloads. See their sites first.

    Actually, a simple google search of the topic will
    bring up several well known Mac accessory sellers
    who have been in business for awhile, and some
    USB wireless adapters for Macintosh computers.

    {Some of the searches or online company pages may have
    more than one kind of wireless USB adapter, so note ones
    for networking 802.11/ and bluetooth adapters may appear.}

    welovemacs.com: http://www.welovemacs.com/usbwiad.html
    other world computing: http://eshop.macsales.com/search/USBwirelessadapter
    mac wireless networking: http://www.macintouch.com/readerreports/wirelessnetworking/topic4046.html

    ' usb wireless adapter for mac ' - google search result link:
    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&fkt=2899&fsdt=23659&q=usbwireless+adapter+for+mac&aq=0&oq=USB+wirelessadapter&aqi=g10

    ' USB wireless adapter for mac os x ' - another variant search:
    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&fkt=2953&fsdt=30189&q=USBwireless+adapter+for+mac+OS+X&btnG=GoogleSearch&aq=f&oq=&aqi=

    There are more than a few viable alternatives to not having wireless
    networking capabilities when the computer has USB ports & a source
    for the network connection suitable to the 802.11/n/g/b protocols.
    Some of the above can upgrade the connectivity to a higher one by
    allowing an older 11/g wi-fi equipped computer access to an 11/n.
    The USB port speed in the computer will affect the practicality of these.

    Good luck & happy computing!
  • Steve Martarano Level 1 Level 1
    It seems that I'm doing everything right here, but I still can't get a wireless connection via my USB D-Link DBT-120 on my old G5 iMac. I used to run the Internet off it via an ethernet connection, but recently purchased a new iMac and I'm moving the old one downstairs, about 15 feet directly below my Airport Extreme base station. I plugged the USB device in and while doing a Bluetooth setup, the device is being read. It gets to the point of asking for a passkey, and gives a number, and the passkey setup screen does pop up on the new computer that's attached to the Airport, so the network does seem to be working. But once I put in the passkey, nothing happens and there's no Internet connection. On the old iMac, the Airport option is not available. Hopefully there's one tiny step I'm missing, but it's evading me right now. Thanks for any help!