I just bought the Hawking Technology HWUG1A from Best Buy for $49.99 for my mini. I like it because being USB i can run an extention and install it with some doublesided tape to my windshield instead of inside the metal dash of my 1963 car. The antenna is also removable and replaceable with a high gain antenna if need be. It does take a small program that will run in the background to keep the connection but doesnt seem to be affecting anything right now.
In fact I'm using it to type this on my system that I'm piecing together to go in the car. All I need now is my carnetix (next payday) and I'll be ready to start the installation.
Hey just thought I'd let everyone know that I finished the network yesterday and everything worked great.
On the Windows Vista side I used an EDIMAX EW-7128G wireless network card.
the only problem I had was it wouldn't connect using WPA, I used WEP and it worked fine.
On the iMac 10.3.9 side I used the ADDLOGIX MA-WL-USB Wireless Adapter. I was very surprised with the iMac. After figuring out which buttons to click. Setup was a breeze and it seemed a little more intuitive than Vista.
All said the customer gets 100% signal and the modem is 25 ft away. They are very happy.
Thank you to everyone who made this a lot easier on me.
In repsonse to what someone wrote earlier about posting to a thread two years old, one of the reasons to do it is because these threads often come up in search engine results and are still useful. I can't tell you how many times I have come across an old thread that wasn't updated but I wished it was since I had the same question as the initial poster.
In any event, I bookmarked this thread along with some others in my search for a wireless USB adapter compatible with my Mac laptop and thought I would post my findings here since others had the same question as me. I am relatively new to Macs so I don't know a whole lot, but heard you could go wireless on Macs without needing an Airport card. I found a web site called Rokland that advertised a USB adapter for Macintosh and bought it hoping (praying really) it would work since I don't really know how to troubleshoot hardware on Macs like I do Windows PCs. Well it worked fine with the drivers included. I don't know how good it is compared to some of the other models linked to or listed on this page though (it has no brand or model number on the adapter, it is the true definition of generic), but now I can connect wirelessly from my living room to my Linksys router which is in the study. Here's the link if anyone wants to check it out (its kind of long, I hope it is clickable):