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More durable WPA2-Capable Dongle for iBook


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Hay, all - I still use my g3 ibooks in rotation, while slow for web surfing generally, they work ok as a companion unit when I'm at work. I have been using tiny EDIMAX brand USB wifi dongles, as their software plays well with OS 10.4, unlike many others. (I have to have WPA2 level security even to get on the "visitor" network here at my office.) But the darn black plastic antenna covers keep breaking. They are very thin plastic and not durable at all. Of course, the antenna still works with the plastic broken or removed, but then this sharp little thing is sticking out of the side of the laptop.

 

Has anyone found other USB dongles that work with 10.4, and are any more durable than the EDIMAX (model # EW-7811Un) ones?

 

J

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I use a previous version of this TP-Link WiFi adapter in Client Mode. It converts your ethernet connection to WiFi and is compatible with all modern networks. It’s also USB powered. It has allowed me to get something as old as the Mac IIx connected to WiFi. So, it’s not a dongle per se, but it avoids a lot of the headache of dongles as well and you can use it with multiple setups. Here’s a link to the item on Amazon UK:

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/TP-LINK-TL-WR802N-Wireless-Enterprise-Computing/dp/B00TACCPUW

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