Airport Extreme base station to pick up networks?

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Is it possible to pick up wireless networks with a AE base station?

I have a mac mini without a AE card and would like to use the base station to pick up wireless networks instead of broadcasting a network.

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Are you looking to connect th

Are you looking to connect the mini to another network, and try to use the APE as the WiFi interface? If so, a cheap USB WiFi dongle will do that just fine. If you want ot go wardriving w/ the mini, the dongle w/ the right chipset will work too.

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Re: Are you looking to connect th

Jon wrote:

Are you looking to connect the mini to another network, and try to use the APE as the WiFi interface? If so, a cheap USB WiFi dongle will do that just fine. If you want ot go wardriving w/ the mini, the dongle w/ the right chipset will work too.

I have not been able to find a usb wifi that will work with a mini, I have tried several.
But I do have a spare APE base station. I have a newer APE set up to as my wireless network.

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802.11 usb on os x

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHH

That pretty much sums up the experience I've had trying to get anything other than dlink's dwl-122 (B, usb 1.1) card to work. IT ALL SUCKS,
of course you COULD get a game adapter/wireless bridge. They're pretty expensive, but you can hook up more than one computer if you have a switch.

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Several are mentioned [url=ht

Several are mentioned in this thread on WiGLE.net that should work. Some are fairly cheap. The Syntax USB-400 can be had for fairly cheap, I looked it up someplace like BestBuy or CompUSA. There chould be a USB 2.0 802.11g dongle that works somewhere.

This thread on Mas OS X Hints has more info and a link to a list of compatible devices.

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