Belkin USB to 10-100 Ethernet Adaptor
Fortunately, I found an article that recommended this under-$30 device. To make it work with Mac OSX, it explained, you'd just need to download the free Pegasus USB-to-Ethernet driver (found at sourceforge, among others).
Well, I got it today, plugged it in, and at first it didn't pull up an IP address. I called my ISP and went through a couple of simple steps -- something involving a manual setting in my network -- and soon up popped those beautiful IP address numbers. Who knows -- it might have just taken the modem a minute to figure it out and the settings I fiddled with might not have done anything. Point is, it worked with minor hassle.
What a relief! Great product at a great price. (Would be even better if it came with the Mac software/driver - we're not Untouchable Fringe People, you know, Belkin!) ;)
***ADDENDUM: When I upgraded to OS 10.5.6 several months later, the adapter continued to work for a couple of weeks and then it got futzy. It wouldn't work until I unplugged it and replugged it in -- every time I turned the computer on, I'd have to do this.
I was going to buy a replacement but first searched the net to see if this had happened to anyone else. I'm glad I did -- it turns out it *was* related to the upgrade, and a fix was available in the Apple support/discussion forums.
Again, Belkin: Please make your great product more Mac-friendly! One shouldn't have to jerryrig the software to get it to work.
I used Super Saver shipping and received the Belkin in the mail much sooner than I was expecting, as it shipped the very next day after I ordered it (way to go Amazon). The item was in perfect condition in packaging that was easy to unwrap.
Setting up the adapter was as simple as plugging it into a USB port and hooking it up to the router. My laptop recognized the manufacturer instantly and created drivers without me having to open the wizard. One thing to note is that the drivers that automatically install are for Windows XP, but this model does have an update available to make it compliant with Vista, you just have to download it from Belkin's website. There is a little bit eyestrain involved in locating the correct driver update, but once you've found it, downloading is a snap.
The adapter did precisely what I purchased it to do, and for general purposes it works much better than the setup I was using before, which is a nice bonus. I'm very pleased with this purchase and would recommend it to others looking for an adapter for similar reasons.
I am not suggesting in any way that this is a bad product - just make sure you get the product that best meets your needs. I do think the $25 is excessive for a USB 1.1 device, should be more in the $15 range - my opinion anyway.
A USB to Ethernet Adaptor was just the answer. When I searched and came up with a Belkin product I felt safe in trying. I was not dissapointed. It installed with just a plug in and was able to be back on line in minutes. All I had to do was add this device as a network connetion and I was up and running.
This adaptor shows no compromise from the built in port I was using before. It fixed my problem and I was back to work. It did just what it advertizes and no installations issues. I trust the Belkin name and was fully satisfied. I would recommend this for a fix over installing a network card.