Loc: Pittsburgh, PA
Oh, and you do want a router not a hub. A router will take the one IP address that your ISP gives you and give each computer an individual IP address so more then one can be online at the same time. And because of the way this works it similar to a hardware firewall. <br><br>Also remember that Airport and Airport Extreme use different slots (internal PC card, Mini PCI) so you have to get the one your computer was made for (i think).<br><br>
Yeah, it is easy. I hope all of you with wireless, remember to secure it once you get it working. Most open access points are from people who are thrilled to get it working, and think they have nothing more to configure. Make sure you do the following:<br><br>- Turn on 128 bit WEP<br>- Configure it to be a "closed" network. The network name will not suddenly appear in the airport menu on your Mac (or anyone else driving by). You have to know the name and manually enter it to connect<br>- If your router supports it, only allow access from your own MAC addresses (this time, I mean MAC in all caps )<br>- use non-standard IPs. Linksys gives out IPs 192.168.1.1xx - make it give out 192.168.2.1xx (if you can, I forget) or 192.168.1.20x for example.<br><br><br>
Cool. Thanks for the info. If I'm lucky, there's a lookout point at the top of the hill where I live with a view of the bay and SF and if there's a bunch of new home directly below it... crossing my fingers for a beautiful "field" office. <br><br>
right, my ibook doesn't have any PCMCIA slots, and you have to use the correct airport card for the computer. Older macs only use airport and the newest Macs only can use the Extreme card.<br>both my iMac and iBook slots could only fit the Airport card and not the Extreme. The slot size is different<br><br><br>My Stuff
Thanks to Green and you both for that clarification. <br>I'm looking at a lot of Airport cards being sold on eBay. Hey, I have to pinch my pennies since most of my money is going towards Christmas gifts.<br><br>I'm stoked about going wireless. I'll have my coffee maker next to the bed, set with the timer. In the morning, I'll have a wireless laptop and a cup of coffee greet me without ever rolling out of bed. <br><br>The thread killer
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