The Wireless N Adapter is the successor to the original Xbox 360 Wireless Adapter by Microsoft. The device provides numerous times more bandwidth than the previous 802.11g version, and has dual antennas to provide a more reliable signal and extended range via MIMO (multiple in multiple out). Microsoft claims Xbox 360 owners can expect approximately twice the wireless range compared to its predecessor. The 802.11n adapter can also run on 5GHz mode to avoid interference with other devices. A 2.4GHz mode is also available for compatibility with mix-mode networks and legacy devices. Users who stream HD content to their Xbox 360s and download large files will appreciate the extended bandwidth. The Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless N Adapter connects via one free USB port.
The Belkin Wireless G USB Adapter is a wireless adapter that connects a laptop or PC to a wireless router for sharing internet and files on a network. The adapter utilizes 802.11g technology with backwards compatibility so that it can also be used with 802.11b or earlier routers. It offers WPA and WEP encryption to secure the Wi-Fi connection and connects directly to a USB port for easy setup. The Wireless G USB Adapter has a compact design with grey casing and comes with a desktop stand. It has a suggested retail price of $40 and comes with a limited lifetime warranty.
Scouring the Internet revealed that the vast majority, if not all, currently available wireless USB adapters lack the needed drivers for MacOS 9 compatibility. However, it is still possible to connect a non AirPort-equipped Mac running MacOS 9 to a wireless network with an older wireless USB adapter like the discontinued Belkin F5D6050.