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andrewhollo
5th March 2008, 06:39 AM
Going interstate on a business trip today - loaded up my documents and presentations on my shiny new MBA. Great. Then I speak to the people running the accommodation - they've got broadband, but not wifi. Only via a cable. Hmmmm. Back to the old Macbook I think. Or, can I buy an adapter of some sort which plugs into my (one and only) USB port? If so, is this an easy to buy thing from any PC outlet, or do I need to visit an Apple store? I'm on a tight timeline here, so help appreciated!

Andrew

sectioneight
5th March 2008, 06:43 AM
I would say that you need to find an apple store for the USB ethernet adapter

The Apple Store (Australia) - Apple USB Ethernet Adapter (http://store.apple.com/133-622/WebObjects/australiastore.woa/wa/RSLID?mco=6B27F643&fnode=home/shop_mac/mac_accessories/portable_gear&nplm=MB442Z/A)

and Bugger!

SyncMan
5th March 2008, 06:43 AM
Well Apple do have a USB to Ethernet adapter, not sure if this is something you can use a generic adapter for.

Devil
5th March 2008, 07:02 AM
or, take your own wireless router. Like an Airport Express.

mac_man_luke
5th March 2008, 07:10 AM
wireless access point FTW

gameon
5th March 2008, 07:13 AM
the beauty of an express

small enough to travel with, just plug it in and instant wireless

Alessiman
5th March 2008, 07:24 AM
I have this adapter for ethernet if you need it. Located in the CBD near Spencer St

My MBA wont arrive till next week so welcome to a loan of it

InfiniteAnthony
5th March 2008, 07:41 AM
I bought the ethernet adapter with my MBA just because I know I will need it but I have not used it yet.

adamd
5th March 2008, 08:10 AM
I too would go for an AirPort Express.

andrewhollo
5th March 2008, 08:12 AM
I have this adapter for ethernet if you need it. Located in the CBD near Spencer St

My MBA wont arrive till next week so welcome to a loan of it

That's really kind of you . . . . however, I think I'll try to pick up an adapter in Hobart. Sounds like I'll need it again!

Cheers, Andrew

Alessiman
5th March 2008, 08:45 AM
That's really kind of you . . . . however, I think I'll try to pick up an adapter in Hobart. Sounds like I'll need it again!

Cheers, Andrew

No worries. I just wish my MBA will get here soon :)

Brains
5th March 2008, 01:15 PM
Have a look at this thread (http://forums.mactalk.com.au/28/44016-using-generic-usb-ethernet-adaptor-mac-os-x.html) which looks at using a generic USB-to-ethernet adaptor. There is a table on this page here (http://www.sustworks.com/site/news_usb_ethernet.html) that gives a short list of adaptors that will work.

PS, what's the name of the no-wifi hotel? Sounds like its a place that would get my patronage if I were to visit.