"Mac OS X 10.4, beware"1.0 starson by JSatch
Pros: works well in Mac OS X 10.3
Cons: poor support
Summary: Mac users- This card is easy to set up and works well in Mac OS X 10.3. Utilizing encryption on this software, which by Ralink, who also makes the chipset, is not intuitive, and no directions are given. However, when running, everything functions well. Rating 9 out of 10.
If you have Mac OS X 10.4, or are planning on upgrading, this card does not function at all. Support is terrible. On the Ralink forum (www.ralinktech.com) customers are begging for an upgrade, or at least the courtesy of an answer as to when, if ever, Ralink will update their software to be compatible with 10.4. No response.
I find this discourteous and unprofessional. A lifetime guarantee should not mean the lifetime of the current software version.Updated
As previously noted, the Belkin F5D7010 ver 3000 (Ralink chipset) does not function in Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger).
I purchased the F5D7011 card (125Mbps) and it works in Tiger using the AirPort software in my Powerbook G4 (DVI, 667MHz). Oddly, the normal 'AirPort Setup Assistant' application did not work, but the 'AirPort Setup Assistant for Graphite or Snow' hooked up just fine.
Others have claimed similar success with F5D7010 ver 1000 or 2000, also utilizing the Broadcom chipset. Should work just fine, but I have not tried these and cannot confirm their findings.
I would rate the current configuration 4 out of 5 stars in Mac OS X 10.4.Updated
Ralink udated their software for compatibility with OS X 10.4 (Tiger). The software is still buggy (as was previous version), but livable, and the card now works just fine. In fact, I believe the antenna/reception of this (54mbs) card is markedly better than the newer (125mbs) F5D7011 card, which is Apple AirPort compatible.
Would change the rating for this card to 8 out of 10 stars.