11-26-2009 03:53 AM
I'm going to be introducing wireless connectivity to my home network, and although the actual system requirements of the D-Link Wireless USB adapter says that it's for Windows, I was wondering - is that true? Will it not work for my older Mac laptop? I've purchased "Windows" peripherals before that I've successfully used on a Mac, so I was wondering if the same case might apply here as well.
11-26-2009 05:48 PM
The answer would be no. If it doesn't say so on the box, it's pretty much a given. In your case, a lot of the newer stuff claiming to be Mac-compatible probably won't work on your older G4 system due to the hardware and software differences.
12-08-2009 05:00 PM
Well, since I only paid $20 for the adapter, I decided to go ahead and keep it and give it a try. Now that I've got a new battery for my laptop, I can finally try out the adapter tonight.
After Googling "DWA-130 Mac driver" I was quickly and easily directed to a download for the driver. So I guess I've answered my own question, which would be Yes, the DWA-130 does appear to be Mac friendly even though it does not say so on the box. I did learn that it depends on which revision of the unit one has though; Revision A is not supported by a Mac driver, while B and C are.
I guess the "proof will be in the pudding" tonight when I install the driver and the adapter and see if I can't get my little old laptop to connect with my DIR-6165 Wireless N Router. It's a whole new world we're living in when you've got a house that's completely wired for a network, both hard-wired and now wirelessly, but doesn't even have wiring for a telephone land line to it. What's more, is that I haven't missed the land line one single bit in the 4 years I've lived in the house!
12-08-2009 05:57 PM
So long story short, I found a driver and I'll find out tonight for sure if it works. Now that I know there's a driver, there's no reason it shouldn't.