5 Replies Latest reply: Apr 7, 2010 7:36 AM by Downs666
Downs666 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
So I have a ppc mac mini and I purchased a wifi dongle for it. (not the Belkin one)

I have drivers for it that appear to be correct, everything installs fine.

However when I go to network to configure the device there is no option to choose usb as a network interface. The only options are firewire, or internal modem.

I'm sure this has been addressed but I've searched and search.

Mac Mini PPC, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • V.K. Level 9 Level 9 (56,130 points)
    in the network preferences unlock the lock at the bottom and click on the + button. it will let you add any available interface. if USB dongle doesn't show up on the list of available interfaces to add then something either wasn't installed correctly or it's not compatible with either your computer or the OS.
  • Downs666 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for the response
    I have attempted to add the usb but it doesnt show up in the list

    ive tried 3 different sets of drivers
    all for mac osx 10.5 which is what i am running on both my mbp and the mini
    neither will see it
    works in a pc machine with factory drivers
  • V.K. Level 9 Level 9 (56,130 points)
    Downs666 wrote:
    Thanks for the response
    I have attempted to add the usb but it doesnt show up in the list

    ive tried 3 different sets of drivers
    all for mac osx 10.5 which is what i am running on both my mbp and the mini
    neither will see it

    then it's not compatible with leopard. contact the manufacturer if you can.
    works in a pc machine with factory drivers

    that means nothing at all for its use on macs.
  • andyBall_uk Level 7 Level 7 (20,490 points)
    Hi

    some of these add as a modem, with a particular script -
    certainly mine did - What make & model is it?
  • Downs666 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Sorry wow been a long time since I was here, but things have progressed ... somewhat.

    Turns out there were specific drivers that I was not in possession of. The manufacturer supplied them and I thought all was good.

    Turns out I'm having another problem now that it took some time to figure out ...

    The dongle works for a time, but seems to get booted from my router or something after going to sleep or rebooting.

    The weird thing is that the dongle software itself and the mac os think its connected, it shows an IP address that isn't on my network.

    If I reboot the router and then reset my IP on the mac mini it will work until it goes to sleep or reboots.

    I updated my Linksys WRT54G to DDWRT to see if that would fix things but even with new firmware and reset settings only this mac is affected by this problem. Also the dongle doesn't do it on any other computer.

    So its mac mini/dongle/router specific ...

    thanks again for all the suggestions and help