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    Driverless USB WiFi dongle?

    Hi all

    Just wondering if there was a USB WiFi dongle that is driverless under XP/OS X?

    Looking at providing some USB dongles for guests at a hotel to use the wireless internet but don't want to be faffing about with drivers/support.

    Thanks

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    Re: Driverless USB WiFi dongle?

    http://www.maplin.co.uk/module.aspx?...7708&doy=19m10

    There is a few on the maplin website

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    Re: Driverless USB WiFi dongle?

    Ta for that. Saw the ZyXEL one too for £35.

    Hoping to use ZyXEL stuff everywhere else in the venue too.

    Sitecom are alright though, aren't they?

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    Re: Driverless USB WiFi dongle?

    Look at the FAQ, doesn't support Mac

    And what do you plan to do if one of the guests uses linux?

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    Re: Driverless USB WiFi dongle?

    Lol i did not see that sorry op but like i said there are LOADS of others on the maplin site.

    And yes what about linux?you could put up a sign saying mac/xp wifi only maybe.

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    Re: Driverless USB WiFi dongle?

    Chances are, if they are using Linux, they will know how to connect to the wireless network anyway....
    Quote Originally Posted by Saracen View Post
    And by trying to force me to like small pants, they've alienated me.

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    Re: Driverless USB WiFi dongle?

    Quote Originally Posted by Agent View Post
    Chances are, if they are using Linux, they will know how to connect to the wireless network anyway....
    That's what I was thinking.

    What's that Apple say though..."It just works". In my experience, it doesn't.

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    Re: Driverless USB WiFi dongle?

    wired on xp now that did just work

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    Re: Driverless USB WiFi dongle?

    Where are all these other driverless dongles on Maplin? The search brings up loads of results, but I can only find the one that's actually driverless (the Sitecom one)

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    Re: Driverless USB WiFi dongle?

    what you're describing as "driverless" is actually anything but - the device is 2 in 1 - half usb wireless adapter, and half USB memory stick. when you insert it, drivers for windows-only are installed from the stick-part. assuming you run the right version of windows.

    i repeat, this is NOT a driverless solution, it's a "CD-less" solution with potentially lower compatibility than a regular device

    fr'example, no the maplin site they say 2k/xp only - don't ever expect any guests to use vista?

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    Re: Driverless USB WiFi dongle?

    why do you want to do this anyway?

    surely anyone that wanted to connect to hotel wifi spots would have a wifi enabled laptop!

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    Re: Driverless USB WiFi dongle?

    Quote Originally Posted by UltraMagnus View Post
    why do you want to do this anyway?

    surely anyone that wanted to connect to hotel wifi spots would have a wifi enabled laptop!
    and anyone without wifi on their laptop is likely to be running something other than xp or 2k

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    Re: Driverless USB WiFi dongle?

    Quote Originally Posted by UltraMagnus View Post
    why do you want to do this anyway?

    surely anyone that wanted to connect to hotel wifi spots would have a wifi enabled laptop!
    You'd think so, but I know never to assume anything

    Quote Originally Posted by directhex View Post
    and anyone without wifi on their laptop is likely to be running something other than xp or 2k
    XP has been out for many years now and wifi wasn't standard in laptops 'til a couple of years ago really. I personally think it's entirely possible

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    Re: Driverless USB WiFi dongle?

    Wouldn't a PCMCIA card work better if you want less hassle with drivers? usb is really not for networking. generally speaking, if you find one that works well with linux then it should work with just about anything.

    and, before anyone says anything about newer laptops having expresscard instead of PCMCIA, i am sure any laptop with that slot will have wifi!

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    Re: Driverless USB WiFi dongle?

    Quote Originally Posted by UltraMagnus View Post
    Wouldn't a PCMCIA card work better if you want less hassle with drivers? usb is really not for networking. generally speaking, if you find one that works well with linux then it should work with just about anything.

    and, before anyone says anything about newer laptops having expresscard instead of PCMCIA, i am sure any laptop with that slot will have wifi!
    I haven't had any experience of PCMCIA cards. Don't they need drivers then?

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    Re: Driverless USB WiFi dongle?

    Quote Originally Posted by koocha View Post
    I haven't had any experience of PCMCIA cards. Don't they need drivers then?
    yes. as do USB devices, except in the case of the poorly-supported xp/2k-only devices you're intent on buying, which need drivers, but include them on part of the device. assuming you have autorun enabled on external drives

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