How to get a non-apple wireless device to work on the mac

Have you ever wanted to get one of those wireless usb sticks to work on the mac, can’t find one of those old airport cards for that old ibook that you still use? well…. if that is something that you may be right what you’ve been looking for. Well here we go.

First of all, we won’t be able to use the airport icon that is in the top menu bar; but the software that I have linked here. The software is from the maker of the wireless chip on board of the usb stick itself.

This information pertains to the D-link series of usb wireless adapters.

Draft  802.11n

WA-140
Driver Version Revision Info Date
Download Download 1.2.3.0 ¤ OS: Mac Os X v10.5
¤ Utility: V2.2.7.0
¤ Driver: V1.2.3.0
10/20/2008
Download Download 1.0.3.0 OS: Mac Os X v10.4
Utility: V2.2.1.0
Driver: V1.0.3.0
1/28/2008

Xtreme G  802.11g

WUA-1340
Driver Version Revision Info Date
Download Download 1.17 Mac OS X 10.3.X or 10.4.X
– driver version 1.1.7.0
– UI version 2.1.0.0
12/26/2007

or if you want to cross reference the data yourself…. or find the mac drivers yourself Here

From the Ralink web site here

Ralink Part Number

Driver OS Date Version

PCI/mPCI/CB(RT256x/RT266x)

10.3 / 10.4 / 10.5

12/04/08

RT61:1.0.4.0
RT2500:1.0.9.0

PCI/mPCI/CB(RT2860/RT2790)

10.3 / 10.4 / 10.5

02/17/2009

RT28xx:1.1.2.0

USB(RT257x/RT2671)

10.3 / 10.4 /10.5

12/04/08

RT2571W/RT2671:1.2.4.0
RT2500:1.1.3.0

USB(RT2870 /RT2770 /RT307X /RT2070 /RT3572)

10.3 / 10.4 / 10.5 / 10.6

10/02/09

RT28xx:2.0.0.0

Intel Drivers

iwi_darwin was ported from Linux drivers made by Intel®. This code includes derivations from the BSD and Linux drivers and is therefore licensed under GPL2.

PROSet/Wireless 2200b/g and 2915a/b/g OS X 10.4. rev 779 Installer

PROSet/Wireless 2200b/g and 2915a/b/g OS X 10.5. rev 1195 Installer

PROSet/Wireless 2100 OS X 10.4 rev 1208 installer

Supported Hardware
  • Intel Pro/wireless 2200BG/2945ABG MiniPCI
Steps
1) Download the appropriate driver from the main page
2) Close all applications that are running
3) Mount the DMG file you have downloaded
4) Copy the matching version of NetworkSelector to a place that is easy to remember
and run it to configure your card
5) Open the package in the newly mounted drive to load the installer program.
6) Click continue to install and select the hard drive where OSX is installed
7) You may have to enter your password before the installation will continue
8) When the installation completes the installer will ask you to reboot.
9) After the reboot open "Network Preferences" and the adapter will be listed.

http://code.google.com/p/iwidarwin/

There is also a company that is offering drivers for atheros cards, you have to pay about $15 for the software.

http://www.orangeware.com/endusers/wirelessformac.html

Hope that this help someone 🙂

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2 Responses to How to get a non-apple wireless device to work on the mac

  1. George Hozendorf says:

    Has anyone tried the WS-140 on a hackintosh running 10.6.4?

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