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update: OWC newertechnology maxpower 802.11g/b USB adapter
Posted by: Done
Date: December 11, 2011 11:38AM
From a previous thread that I couldn't get the newertechnology maxpower 802.11g/b USB adapter working on my Mac with Lion. I did end up getting it to work, I downloaded drivers for the Bearextender n3 usb wifi adapter. The drivers are both made by Ralink but they have updated drivers for Lion on their website.

So if you have any problems with your usb wifi adapter you may try these drivers no matter what brand USB adapter you have. The drivers worked on the first try, very easy setup and all seems to be working fine. Thanks Jimmypoo for the PM that got me thinking.

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Re: update: OWC newertechnology maxpower 802.11g/b USB adapter
Posted by: Jimmypoo
Date: December 11, 2011 01:09PM
Great that you found this --- I hadn't considered looking to see what else was using the chipset (blush) to make the same discovery.


I'm going to give it a try on my OWC / Newer (I don't recall which it is) B/G unit on multiple platforms (PPC Tiger, Intel Leopard, Snow and Lion, and will have the info hopefully soon, if anyone is interested.

In fact, once I boot up all the PowerPC units in this house, ALL THE HOMES ACROSS ATLANTA WILL DIM, and I can try that under Tiger and Panther just to see if it works via PPC (if that is a Universal driver or if they have one -- I've got to read their site closer).

My G4 Mac Mini is the most important one, however, because it's got no wireless (upgrade kit was as much as I paid for the machine!! And I bought it new, on clearance!) - and a used Airport I bought for $10 in 2007 burned out the ethernet port on the unit (and made me very VERY mad) -- so I use that adapter on it, but it doesn't connect to both WPA / WEP, only the older of the two -- so I have to stack routers to get it to work.

My next project, after this one, will be removing the G4 and installing an IBM Power 7 (8 core, 32 threads) and 1TB of RAM into this Mac mini... but I have to get this $15 wireless thing working before I drop $8,000 on a CPU, $20,000 on engineering an adapter board, and soldering all that RAM together as one giant stick.

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Re: update: OWC newertechnology maxpower 802.11g/b USB adapter
Posted by: btfc
Date: December 11, 2011 02:05PM
Great find! Many similar products use Ralink chips.
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