Like many Macintosh users, I've wanted to add a second Ethernet to an iBook (iMac, or Mac Mini) to use as a server (or as a replacement for a dead Ethernet built-in). Although USB to Ethernet adaptors are cheap and plentiful, Mac OS X drivers are not. After scouring the web and talking to other Mac developers, I finally found a workable combination. The purpose of this note is to document what works since I haven't seen it widely published anywhere else. I welcome your feedback to help keep this page up-to-date.
The first driver that worked for me was a Pegasus driver for Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) developed by Daniel Sumorok. Since then I've been collaborating with Daniel to help make more drivers available. We have ported his original Pegasus driver to work on Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger or later), and developed a USB 2.0 AX8817x driver. All are open source released under a GPL license.
AX8817x devices are fully backward compatible with USB 1.1 host ports and are reasonably priced, so are probably the best option at this time. Pegasus based devices seem to be getting harder to find. Some USB 1.1 devices use the Realtek 8150 or Davicom DM9601 which is not supported by these drivers.
Using the Link Rate tool in IPNetMonitorX, I measured the link rate to another device on my LAN as 6 Mbps. The built-in Ethernet on my 12" PBG4 reported 44 Mpbs. When I measured the link rate to the next hop router through my cable modem, it reported 1 mbps. It didn't make any difference whether I used Ethernet built-in or the USB-To-Ethernet adaptor. Finally, I downloaded a 2.2 MB file to compare the throughput using the Monitor tool.
Both downloads took 5 seconds, but Ethernet built-in reached a peak rate of 589 KBps versus 579 kBps. Repeating the experiment several times produced similar results. Ethernet built-in might be 1-2% faster, but performance was clearly limited by the speed of my cable modem (Your Mileage May Vary).
While other USB-To-Ethernet drivers are reported to be buggy, I haven't encountered any stability problems to date. The adaptor turns off when the computer goes to sleep and comes back on when the computer awakes. It does not support "Wake On LAN" at this time.
Many fellow Mac enthusiasts have written to thank us for these drivers (you're welcome), and some have even asked if they could contribute something to support our on going efforts. While our intent is to make these drivers freely available, we do have expenses and welcome any support. Thanks!
Go to the Linksys support website (over a wired Internet connection, or from another computer), if the adapter does not appear as an available option, to download the driver for your adapter. Install the driver and restart your Macintosh, then return to Step 2.
Recommendation: If you are inexperienced with updating Linksys Router device drivers, we highly recommend downloading the DriverDoc driver update tool [Download DriverDoc - Product by Solvusoft]. DriverDoc automatically downloads and updates your EA4500 driver, ensuring you are installing the correct version for your operating system.
When you use a driver updater such as DriverDoc, not only does it update your Router drivers, but it also keeps the rest of your PC drivers updated as well. With a database of over 2,150,000 drivers (updated daily), you can rest assured your hardware is covered.
It is very difficult to find the respective device driver for EA4500-related hardware because the information and support is hard to find on Linksys's site. Even if you are experienced at finding, downloading, and manually updating EA4500 drivers, the process can still be very time consuming and extremely irritating. Using defective or non-functional drivers will cause more damage and errors on your machine.
For the time and effort involved in the driver update process, we highly suggest using driver utility software. A driver update tool ensures that you have correct driver versions for your hardware, and also creates a backup of your current drivers before making any changes. Backup drivers provide you with the comfort of knowing that if anything goes wrong, you can roll back to previous drivers.
Firmware updates are bug fixes and functionality enhancements for the router. Keeping the firmware of your Linksys device updated will fix issues you may have encountered while using it. An updated firmware downloaded from the Linksys Support site may also contain device feature enhancements that are not available in the previous versions.
Follow the instructions to download and save the driver file to your computer. If the adapter's driver is in a ZIP file, right-click on the file, and then select "Extract All" to extract the driver file.
The Linksys WUSB54G wireless network card is an old piece of hardware. After upgrading to Microsoft Windows 10 or 8, the device stopped working properly. Microsoft Update installed drivers that would work for a few seconds, but then would disconnect repeatedly. Fortunately, I found a workaround.
Also, for some reason, I had to rollback the drivers shortly after I installed these drivers. Windows decided to update them without my intervention. Since the rollback though, everything has worked solid.
-In the device manager find the 802.11 device (pull it out and put it in again to find the one that disappears and comes back)-click update driver-click browse my computer for driver software-ignore the file location box under that is an option let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer click that-click network adaptors-under ralink find rt 3072 802.11b/g/n wireless lan usb device install that driver bc the linksys uses the same chipset and it should work like a charm.
Once you have downloaded your new driver, you'll need to install it. In Windows, use a built-in utility called Device Manager, which allows you to see all of the devices recognized by your system, and the drivers associated with them.
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To get Tomato onto your router, you will need an ethernet cable to connect a computer to your router and a computer to manage the installation process. Other than this small step, almost nothing is required other than downloading the firmware and possibly a utility software from your router manufacturer.
The first step of flashing the Tomato firmware onto any router will be roughly the same across compatible brands. You will need to download the firmware itself, as well as the firmware restoration utility required for your router.
**UPDATE 2: ASIX has provided a final release driver for use with macOS 10.15.3 (Catalina) only due to updated notarization requirements from Apple as of February 2, 2020. After thorough vetting and testing in coordination with ASIX, we have updated our download links to this 2.16.0 final release build from the previous 2.15.0 and 2.15.0-Beta 1 builds both on this blog post and our driver page for affected devices.
(Please note, these drivers and instructions are intended only for our Plugable manufactured adapters. If your adapter is from another manufacturer, we would suggest to reach out to that company directly for support.)
**UPDATE 1: ASIX has provided a final release driver for use with macOS 10.15 (Catalina) only. After thorough vetting and testing in coordination with ASIX, we have updated our download links to this 2.15.0 final release build from the previous Beta 1 build both on this blog post and our driver page for affected devices.
The installation of macOS 10.15 Catalina will disable older drivers for some devices and devices which rely on these drivers will no longer function until a compatible driver is reinstalled. Most Plugable products are not affected by this, with the exception of our USB Ethernet adapters that use ASIX Gigabit Ethernet chips (models: USBC-E1000, USB3-E1000, USB2-E1000, and USB2-E100).
Click the button below to download the drivers, and see the step-by-step instructions in the next section that document the driver installation and macOS Gatekeeper approval process for our USB3-E1000 and USBC-E1000 adapters, which both use the ASIX AX88179 chipset.
Are adapters from other brands affected by the Catalina update as well?Yes, the latest macOS Catalina update will affect any adapters with ASIX chipsets as drivers are not included in macOS and require installation by all customers upgrading to Catalina
I have an adapter from another manufacturer and it won't work. Can I use your steps and drivers?Sorry for the trouble! No, unfortunately not. The troubleshooting steps and drivers we have are only for the USB3-E1000, and USBC-E1000 adapters that we manufacture. We would suggest to reach out to the manufacturer of your adapter directly for support.
Will users who upgrade to Catalina with the older ASIX drivers installed get an error message?Unfortunately, not, the drivers will silently fail to load and no error messages will be presented to any user of incompatible drivers.
Through this write-up, learn how to download and install Linksys WUSB6300 driver on Windows 10. Read along to know one of the easiest tricks to get the latest drivers pretty easily and quickly!
Have you ever tried to use a wireless Wi-Fi adapter to connect with the internet? If yes, then undoubtedly Linksys WUSB6300 would have been your first preference. Quite a few users reported the poor network connection of this device, plus, when they tried to figure out the problem then they realized the outdated network adapter drivers are snatching the proper function of it. Therefore, for its accurate working, you need to have the most up-to-date and compatible drivers. 2b1af7f3a8