Ever since I helped configure a wireless ethernet adapter at a friend's house I've pondered whether the Color Classic could be connected to the internet without a direct ethernet cable.
The folks at buy.com are offering a Belkin F5D7330 802.11g wireless ethernet adapter for $19.99 this week, so I decided to spring for the purchase and give it a try. The product description includes the following statements which give me a glimmer of hope:
- Works with all Ethernet-equipped computers or network devices
- Requires no drivers, setup, or configuration
- Comes with a Belkin Lifetime Warranty and free, 24-hour technical support
- Automatically connects to the wireless network by the touch of a button
I'll report back on my progress after it arrives. If I get stumped I can always try their free technical support!
The wireless hub arrived and it includes a power adapter so I won't need to provide a power source after all.
Out of the box it will connect to an unsecured wireless network without any configuration. To connect to a password protected network it has to be configured with a Windows-only application that's provided on an included CD. I used Parallels to run it on my MacBook Pro. Once I've done some testing I'll let you know if I feel confident enough to entrust the web server to using it.
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