USB ethernet revisited

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Hi,

I'm looking to see if ANYONE knows of a hardware / driver combo which will let a USB ethernet adapter work under OS X. The last posting I saw about this was flooded with, "don't do that, buy a router!", which doesn't help at all.

The thing is that I have an iMac which needs to be on both the internal network and the Internet at the same time.

There are lots of reasons why cheesy routers won't do; my NetBSD router limits the number of outgoing port connections, tracks virus-like activity, blocks port 25 to the Internet but provides outgoing SMTP itself, does IPv6 router advertisements, does split DNS, and does rudimentary bandwidth shaping, amongst other things. If you can get a Linksys to do all of that, I'd be interested. If not, please don't suggest a cheesy router.

Back to the original topic: I'd like my primary computer, an iMac in a Tonka truck, to be able to be on the local, private network and the public, Internet network at the same time. Since a USB ethernet adapter is still much faster than a 1.5 Mbps SDSL line, the speed of the USB ethernet isn't a limiting factor.

Anyone? Any suggestions? I know that there are USB wireless adapters which work with OS X, and my cable modem works with OS X over USB, but what about a generic ethernet device?

Thanks,
John Klos
ZiaSpace Productions

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Hmm...

Wish I could provide a solution, but I'm not sure what you're looking for exists.

When I went looking for a wired (as opposed to wireless) USB-ethernet Mac solution, I searched pretty extensively and found only one: the Jaton USB-ethernet adapter. It was inexpensive and worked well in my experience, but its drivers were for OS 8/9 only. From what I can tell, they've since discontinued the product.

I assume your iMac is a G3 iMac, yes? If by chance it's a later G3 iMac with firewire, I wonder if Apple's IP over firewire, or that other product (FireNet IIRC) might help? Do you have another, FW-equipped Mac that could serve as a router or bridge or something?

Matt

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D-Link USB adapter

Don't be tempted by the D-Link DWL-122 USB 1.1 adapter. The OS X drivers are horrible and are the only think that has crashed my Mac since 10.0.4. If you are daft enough to buy one, I'll sell you mine Wink

Phil

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Dlink?

I have one of these, but for a different application. I haven't installed the drivers yet.

What kind of problems do you have? A complete system lock? Does it happen at any particular time (like when scanning or something like that)?

I ask because my application would have it just be set up one time, with one network, and it'd never move or change, so if it's stable in general but has problems only when changing settings / scanning, I might go ahead with it.

Thanks,
John

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D-Link problems -- you name it!

My system is a stock iMac G3 500, OS X 10.3.x.

1. The USB adapter is not automatically recognised on boot up. The adapter has to be removed and replugged before the system sees it. This was true even if the adapter was plugged into an external hub or a hub on the side of the Mac.

2. If the Mac goes to sleep it will hang completely on re-awakening if the adapter is present. A hard reset is necessary.

3. If you install the wrong drivers (ie the 10.2 versions on OS X 10.3) the Mac may experience kernel panics on startup.

There may be other issues but I gave up using it after two evenings.

Phil

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New drivers

What version of the D-LInk drivers are using? Apparently, a new version has been released.

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I have the latest (v 1.32) dr

I have the latest (v 1.32) drivers installed.

Phil

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I sell a USB to Ethernet adapter on eBay

I EXCLUSIVELY sell a Mac USB to ethernet adapter for Apple Mac OS X ... I have solutions for OS9 classic too.

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