Sara’s old Macbook is slowly failing, her screen is dying and last week her airport finally stopped working. I bought an airport card replacement and after an hour of unscrewing 40+ screws and putting it back to together I found the new card didn’t work, that’s what I get for relying on eBay. Instead of buying a new airport card, spending the time to install it only to turn around to not need it later when Sara gets a new laptop I decided on the DWL-G730AP because I could use it for so much more in the future, it’s also about the same price on Amazon than a new airport card.
After hooking it all up this morning and making sure it was in Client Mode ( so it would connect to the wireless network and then share that connection via ethernet ) I couldn’t connect to the configuration panel at 192.168.0.30. After some looking around …
Here’s what to do:
- Connect the device via ethernet
- Go to System Preferences > Network ( or in spotlight type “Network” and go to the system preferences )
- Click “Configure IPv4″ and select “Using DHCP with manual address”.
- Enter an IP within the same network as the DLink device. I used 192.168.0.10
- Go to 192.168.0.30 and configure the device
- DLink doesn’t make it easy here, it makes you think you’re setting up a wireless network instead of connecting, Just scan for available networks and select the one you want to connect to
- Enter your credentials so it’s connected.
- Go back to your Network preferences and switch back to “Using DHCP”
- You’re all set and since the device is configured it shouldn’t need to be setup again.
- You may want to upgrade the firmware while you’re at it.
I’m really liking this device. It’s going to be nice to setup wireless hotspots in our future travels.