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"Lisa Mettam" <lisa_mettamhotmail.com> wrote in message news:5200be4f.0307310907.389c9f56posting.google.c om... > 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. I've noticed that > non-Mac routers and cards are cheaper than the Airport cards and base, that's true. Particularly, > I've noticed some Netgear equipment that says it is Mac compatible. In the Wireless world there is a standart named 802.11, the compatibility is done with that. The airport and wireless mac equipement are 802.11b, so every equipement which is 802.11b or 802.11g will work (not ...

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    "Lisa Mettam" <lisa_mettamhotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:5200be4f.0307310907.389c9f56posting.google.c om...
    > 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. I've noticed that
    > non-Mac routers and cards are cheaper than the Airport cards and base,
    that's true.

    Particularly,
    > I've noticed some Netgear equipment that says it is Mac compatible.
    In the Wireless world there is a standart named 802.11, the compatibility is
    done with that.
    The airport and wireless mac equipement are 802.11b, so every equipement
    which is 802.11b or 802.11g will work (not only the Netgear).

    I set up a wireless network with a DLink routeur, 2 PC and my ibook, and it
    works
    perfectly.
    I have to say that the airport card is perhaps more expensive but my friend with
    their
    card on PC have sometimes more problems to detect or connect to the network
    (and it 's not a question of strength of the signal).
    > The basic things I want to be able to do are access the DSL
    > connection, exchange files, share 2 printers (both USB), and use the
    > new iChat programs (we have a firewire webcam), though that would
    > likely only be through one of the computers. We almost exclusively use
    > OS X on all three computers.
    >
    > Here the exact equipment I'm thinking of using:
    > Netgear MA401 Wireless PC Card, 802.11b
    > Netgear MR814 802.11b Cable/DSL Wireless Router
    >
    > Is what I'm suggesting feasible with this equipment on these
    > computers? Does anyone have experience installing this kind of network
    > on Macs? Please help.
    I don't know this equipement but it must work.
    Feel free to mail if you want.


    come berbain Guest

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    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
    nice.
    - 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
    --

    Sally Shears (a.k.a. "Molly")
    [email]sshearstheWorld.com[/email] -or- [email]SallyShears.org[/email]
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    Sally Shears Guest

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