ZD1211 USB WLAN with Zydas OS X drivers

Postby smilespray » Sun Apr 01, 2007 5:24 am

Well, there's a happy ending to every story.

ZyXEL still sells and supports ZyDAS-based sticks, and what do you know - drivers are available. You can find links over at InsanelyMac.

http://forum.insanelymac.com/index.php?showtopic=34071&hl=zydas

Of course you'll still have to follow the excellent instructions at the start of this thread if you, like me, have a different product and vendor ID.

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Postby Barry » Sun Apr 01, 2007 8:44 am

Why don't we (Mac users) just buy a good usb stick and not that piece of shit ZyDas crap. Would make life soooo much easier.
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Postby itsnotme » Sun Apr 01, 2007 9:27 am

Barry wrote:Why don't we (Mac users) just buy a good usb stick and not that piece of shit ZyDas crap. Would make life soooo much easier.


Why don't you just buy some good hardware called a PC? (rimshot)

(runs for his life)

(is the pc/mac war better than the vi/emacs war? :D )
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Postby beakmyn » Sun Apr 01, 2007 10:04 am

itsnotme wrote:Why don't you just buy some good hardware called a PC? (rimshot)

(runs for his life)

(is the pc/mac war better than the vi/emacs war? :D )


What vi/emacs war? Everyone knows vi is superior.
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Postby itsnotme » Sun Apr 01, 2007 10:30 am

beakmyn wrote:What vi/emacs war? Everyone knows vi is superior.


Amen!
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Postby theprez98 » Sun Apr 01, 2007 10:42 am

beakmyn wrote:What vi/emacs war? Everyone knows vi is superior.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Editor_war

Sadly, I didn't make this up.
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Postby itsnotme » Sun Apr 01, 2007 10:48 am

theprez98 wrote:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Editor_war

Sadly, I didn't make this up.


Since when is wikipedia a factual source?! I invoke the wikipedia clause!
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Postby streaker69 » Sun Apr 01, 2007 11:13 am

Vi Rul3z the l33t, only lamerz use emacs.
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Postby smilespray » Sun Apr 01, 2007 11:57 am

Barry wrote:Why don't we (Mac users) just buy a good usb stick and not that piece of shit ZyDas crap. Would make life soooo much easier.


Amen!

However, there are a lot of people who have old Macs repurposed as servers that can't take Apple's own (discontinued) AirPort 802.11b cards (or one can't afford the second-hand market ones), and in several markets you can't get other brands of USB sticks with proper drivers.

The ZyDAS-based sticks make sense as long as you can't get anything else and have have a machine that doesn't need to restart frequently - or sleep.

Mine finally worked great today with the latest drivers, and that was with TKIP/WPA encryption.

EDIT: Yes, I am aware of mail order and the availability of other drivers but they are usually just as finicky. Besides I got a ZyDAS-based stick as part of a router bundle.
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Postby Barry » Sun Apr 01, 2007 8:19 pm

smilespray wrote:
EDIT: Yes, I am aware of mail order and the availability of other drivers but they are usually just as finicky. [color="Red"]Besides I got a ZyDAS-based stick as part of a router bundle.[/color]



Who was the cheap assed vender?? I want to know so we won't buy from them.
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Postby smilespray » Sun Apr 01, 2007 11:41 pm

Barry wrote:Who was the cheap assed vender?? I want to know so we won't buy from them.


Short: dabs.com.

My excellent Westell ADSL modem (400 plus simultaneous TCP/IP connections) didn't like Bulldog's ADSL 2+ hardware - go figure, forward compatibility was the reason I bought it - so I had to get something else quickly.

The 40-something pounds for my 3Com router including ZyDAS stick was good, and I must say the modem has performed admirably (against all expectations).

The USB stick itself is junk. However it now works as a nice backup for when Bulldog, sorry, Cable & Wireless decide to take a day off. Which happens frequently in Shoreditch, London.
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Postby Barry » Mon Apr 02, 2007 6:57 am

Ahh, cool. Guess I won't have to worry about them then.
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Postby smilespray » Mon Apr 02, 2007 5:48 pm

I know I might be pushing the Netstumbler line here; I use MacStumbler and KisMac, but does anybody have good recommendations for non-Apple hardware and drivers?
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