D-Link DWL-121 Is Mac Compatible

DWL-121If you’ve never had the pleasure, let me introduce you to Woot.com. In their own words, “Woot.com is an online store and community that focuses on selling cool stuff cheap“. My kinda store!

Last week they featured a two-pack of the D-Link DWL-121 802.11b USB wireless adaptors for $9.99 + $5 shipping. The catch is that the DWL-121 isn’t an officially supported product for OSX, Linux, or Windows… it’s a special one-off adaptor D-Link made for a home entertainment system. It just so happens that you can hack the Windows driver for the DWL-122 to make the DWL-121 work with XP.

On a whim, I decided to install the OSX DWL-122 driver on my iMac at work (running 10.3.9 server). Lo and behold, the thing works like a charm! Sooo… don’t let anybody tell you the DWL-121 is WinXP only, because they don’t know what they’re talking about.

2 Replies to “D-Link DWL-121 Is Mac Compatible”

  1. Can I ask if you did anything other than installing the driver for the DWL-122? I’ve done that on my ibook and it does not see the DWL-121..

  2. One you install, go to System Preferences and you should have a new, very ugly Preference Pane icon at the bottom labeled “PRISM 802.11b Adaptor”. You’ll control your access from there instead of the normal Network Preference Pane.

    FYI – I have successfully tested the DWL-121 on OS X 10.3.9 (Tangerine G3 iMac @ 266Mhz) and OS X 10.4.3 (Graphite G3 iMac DV SE @ 400Mhz).

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