IOXperts Inc. already offers Mac OS X drivers for Webcams that would otherwise be orphaned for OS X. Now the company is offering drivers to enable more than 60 different kinds of wireless networking cards work on Mac OS X as well.
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Open source efforts to enable such drivers to work exist, but they’re without comprehensive support and in lack features in some cases. IOXperts’ own solution supports AppleTalk, 64 and 128 WEP, AirPort password support and the ability to list available networks. What’s more, IOXperts makes available Mac OS 9 drivers, too — and if you’re already a registered user of their Mac OS 9 drivers, these OS X drivers are a free upgrade.
Although iBooks and many PowerBooks ship with AirPort slots, many older PowerBooks don’t have such interfaces. They do have PC Card slots, however, and can accommodate third party wireless networking cards that use the 802.11b standard. A few of these cards — WaveLAN and Orinoco cards, for example — even had Mac support once, until Mac OS X came along. IOXperts’ new OS X driver renews that ability.
The list of supported products include cards from Agere, Asante, Belkin, D-Link, LinkSys, Lucent, Netgear, Samsung and many other vendors — more than 60 in all.
If you’d like to try it out before you put up your money you’re certainly welcome to — a time-limited demo is available for purchase. Registration costs US$19.95 and is tied to the MAC address of the card registered — the serial number will work with either Mac OS 9 or Mac OS X depending on your needs.