Lisa Mettam <lisa_mettamhotmail.com> wrote:
: I'm looking to network 3 Macs; a new iBook, an eMac, and an iMac, so
: that they can all access a single DSL connection.
: Here the exact equipment I'm thinking of using:
: Netgear MA401 Wireless PC Card, 802.11b
: Netgear MR814 802.11b Cable/DSL Wireless Router
Lisa, I've done it with both Apple products and other vendors.
As mentioned by others, you want the Apple Airport card for each of your
computers, not the other vendors' cards.
If you use the Apple Airport Base Station...
- You'll configure it using Apple's airport admin utility which is pretty
- The Airport Extreme Base Station will run one of the printers for you.
- Updates come to you painlessly from time to time via Software Update
- The wireless password ("WEP password") may be slightly easier
If you use another vendor's "Wireless Router"
- It's functionally equivalent to ABS, except that ABS will a) run the
printer, b) connect you with a dial-up modem which isn't much help when
you have DSL.
- You'll do the configuration using a web browser on a local computer
(the wireless router acts as a web server for this purpose)
The compatibility in 802.11b is quite good. Either works. If one of the
specific items is important to you, let that guide your choice.
FWIW, I have seen wireless routers at very low prices ($50) in closeouts
from time to time. YMMV.
Sally Shears (a.k.a. "Molly")
[email]sshearstheWorld.com[/email] -or- [email]SallyShears.org[/email]