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Master Geek

# 21984 12-May-2008 20:40
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Yet another wireless problem.
a friend has just bought an apple G3 computer, and asked me to make it wireless. i thought my best bet would be a usb wireless key since i didnt think this computer had an avaliable PCI slot. so i bought a wireless key (DWL-G122) that said it supported mac (and came with drivers).

i have since installed the adaptor and tried using it with no good result. as i have no experience with mac i wasnt to shocked when it didnt work. unfortunatly ive tried every thing i know to get it running. What im picking up is that it has picked up my modem SSID, and tells me that it is connected. but i cannot even access
Also i can enter any WEP key and it says its connected (even if its the wrong one?!?!?!?)

Stats of the computer

500MHz PowerPC G3 Processor
384mb SDRam
20gb HDD
Mac OS X 10.3.9

some links to pictures

Computer is identical to this

Wireless Adaptor is identical to this

anyone who wants some scren shots are more than welcome to PM me anytime.

cheers and thanks

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Ultimate Geek


  # 130403 12-May-2008 21:59
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I can't offer to much in the way of literal experience, but a quick google turned up this:

Basically, the article suggests downloading the Ralink technology drivers and you can work from there. I notice that the link through to the support page is broken, you can view the page here:, I would suggest you download the second link ... that's the one that mentions the RT2500 device should work for you.

Let us know how that goes.

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Master Geek

  # 130416 12-May-2008 22:47
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Thanks for your quick Response!

i have installed the driver that you specified with no luck (although signal has gotten better).
if you have any other ideas they would be highly appreciated. i will keep fiddling around with the settings until then. :-)

any responses welcome.

Cheers guys


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Ultimate Geek


  # 130423 12-May-2008 22:53
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If you drop into your System preferences | Network, what's the IP address of your router?

If you don't have a router address, do you have DHCP enabled?  ... if you do and you still don't have an address - it could be that you don't have a DHCP server.

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Master Geek

  # 130733 13-May-2008 22:06
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all fixed.

cheers, thanks heaps


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Ultimate Geek


  # 130736 13-May-2008 22:14
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What was the solution?  Posting that here will aid others if they come across the same (or similar) issues.


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