Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Panda Wireless: Wifi (b/g/n) USB 2.0 Adapter With Windows XP/Vista/7, Mac OS X and Fedora/Ubuntu Linux Support

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  • Wireless-N USB 2.0 Adapter (Max speed: 150Mbps)
  • Installation CD + User's Manual.
  • Windows support: Windows 2000, XP/Vista/Win7 32-bit/64-bit.
  • Mac OS X support: Mac OS X 10.3, 10.4, 10.5, 10.6
  • Mac CPU support: PowerPC G3, PowerPC G4, PowerPC G5, Intel Duo
  • Linux support: Fedora 10, 11, 12
  • Easy to install on your desktop and laptop.
  • Faster connection speed than the 100MBit Ethernet and Wifi b/g USB adapter.
  • Plug this adapter into your computer/laptop and boost your connection speed right away!
Please email us at "" for any technical
questions related to Windows or Mac OS or Fedora Linux
Driver. You should include your OS version and CPU type in your
email before we can help you to debug your machine.

11/6/2010 Update:

All Panda Wifi adapters are interchangeable. It means that
you can pick any one of our Panda Wireless Wifi Adapters
depending on your needs once you install the driver on your
Windows/Mac/Linux machine.

All Panda Wireless Wifi adapters support vintage Mac
machines which run on PowerPC G3 and PowerPC G4.

You can find our Wifi USB adapters in the following links:
1) Panda White 54Mbps 802.11n USB Adapter
2) Panda Black 54Mbps 802.11n USB Adapter
3) Panda Black Compact Long-range 150Mbps 802.11n USB Adapter
4) Panda Black Long-range 150Mbps 802.11n USB Adapter

Product Specification
  • Compatible with 802.11b: 1, 2, 5.5, 11Mbps; 802.11g: 6, 9, 12, 24, 36, 48, 54 Mbps.
  • Compatible with 802.11n: (20MHz) MCS0-7, Support up to 72 Mbps; (40 MHz) MCS0-7, support up to 150 Mbps.
  • OFDM, Peak rate 150 Mbps, Peak throughput 90Mbps.
  • Power Management
  • Wi-Fi Certification: 802.11 b/g, 802.11n, WPA, WPA2, WMM, WMM-PS
  • WHQL, Cisco CCX
Operating System
  • Windows CE/2000/XP/Vista and Windows 7
  • Mac OS X Panther(10.3), Tiger(10.4), Leopard(10.5), SnowLeopard(10.6)
  • Fedora Linux 10/11/12
  • WEP 64/128bit, WPA, WPA2, 802.1x and 802.11i
  • Cisco CCS V1.0, 2.0 and 3.0 Compliant


Mac OS X installation instructions

Plug in the USB adapter AFTER you have installed the driver

We will email you the lastest Mac OS drivers upon your request.
The name of the disk image is

If you click the .dmg file after you save it on your hard disk,
you will see four folders (USBWireless-10.3 [Panther],
USBWireless-10.4 [Tiger] and USBWireless-10.5
[Leopard], USBWireless-10.6[Snow Leopard]) in the disk image.
i.e. If you are running Mac OS X 10.5, you go
into USBWireless-10.5 folder and click to run the pkg file
to invoke the software installer to install the driver.

Please follow the instructions from the installation software to
install the driver.

You can plug in your USB adapter after the software installation
and Mac OS will recognize the USB adapter automatically.

You may need to use the Airport/Ralink Utility to configure the
USB adapter to match the settings of your own local WiFi network
before the Panda Wireless-N USB adapter connects to your network.
(Ralink Utility will be in your application folder after the software installation)

You can see the folder structure of the DMG file above.
(Click to enlarge it)

Please ignore the "802.1x Instructions on Mac OS X.pdf" file in
the folder. This
file is for advanced users who want to set up a
secure channel with Radius or
Funk Odyssey Server.

12/4/2009 Update: You will encounter an error at at the end of
the software installation. (See the error screen below)
if you are running Mac OS 10.6.2 on your iMac.
Please email us "" for more instructions.

*** 2/14/2010 Update ***
According to Ralink's website:
"If you got install failed message, please re-install again
until success. Because it is a bug on Snow Leopard. There is
no install setting for OS 10.6 on install tool."

One of our customers said "I'm happy to report that on the
fifth or sixth installation attempt, it worked! It is UP and
running. Thanks for the tips!"

Please contact us for further instructions if you couldn't get
it working after updating to the latest patches for Mac OS X
10.6 and multiple install attempts.

Here is how to check that you are connected to your own
wireless network: Run the Ralink Utility and click
"Site Survey" tab and you should see the Wireless-N
USB adapter is connected to your own wireless network.

*** 4/17/2010 update ***
For Mac G3 users only:
If you are running Mac OS X 10.4 on your Mac G3 machine,
you need to have a special Mac installer which is different
from the one on our web site.

Please contact us to get the special Mac installer.
*** 5/1/2010 Application Note ***
How to set up the Panda Wifi adapter to connect to
your wireless network permanently?

In Wireless Utility application
1) Click "Site Survey" Tab
2) Click on your wireless network in the list under "Site Survey" Tab
3) Click "Add Profile" button
4) Input your password in the authentication in the pop-up windows
5) Click "Profile" Tab, Select your profile and click "connect" button
Your Mac will automatically connect to your wireless network from
now on.

*** 5/11/2010 Application Note ***
If you want to use your Panda USB adapter on your Mac
without login, please read the following link for detail:
Automate the Ralink Wireless Connection on Mac OS X

This is for advanced Mac users only. (We put the link
here for your reference)

You need to write a script to take care of the login after
power up reset.

*** 5/20/2010 Application Note ***
The Panda Wifi adapter doesn't connect to Apple Airport
Extreme Base Station on channel 11 when it is configured
to use WPA2+AES.

The Wireless Utility doesn't support the feature to make
the Panda Wifi adapter lock to Channel 11 permanently.

It is a well known problem for Apple Airport Extreme Base
Station to use channel 11 for WPA2+AES. Therefore, the only
possible solution is to use the Wireless N routers from vendors
like Netgear, Linksys and others.

*** 11/6/2010 Update ***
We start to sell mid to long range WIFI adapters on for
Mac machines which use PowerPC G3, G4, G5 and Intel Processors.
In addition, all the Panda Wifi adapters are interchangeable. It means
you can use any of our Panda Wifi adapters depending on your needs
once you have install the driver on your Mac machines.

*** 1/16/2010 The Panda Wifi adapter works with Hacintosh ***
Our customer reported that he has successfully installed the Mac
driver and run the Panda Wifi adapter with his Dell Studio laptop
which was made to be a dual boot (Win 7 and Snow Leopard) machine.

His Dell Studio laptop is running Intel Core 2 Duo T5800 with 2GB main memory. He initially reported that Mac recognized the Panda Wifi adapter but
will not run. He later figured out that the IONetworkingFamily kext was
not in the right place and he moved it to the /system/extensions, and
the Wifi connection worked.


Windows 7 Suppport Update (11/20/2009)

The Windows 7 driver for the Wireless-N USB adapter is
available now. Please download the Winodws installer above.


Instructions For Fedora Linux 10/11/12

Installation instructions will be available upon request.