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    Will the Air Port card connect to any wireless router, or does it only
    work with the base station?
    Dennis Pemberton Guest

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    Entity Dennis Pemberton spoke thus:
    > Will the Air Port card connect to any wireless router, or does it only
    > work with the base station?
    Any wireless router that supports 8011b protocol, which is most of them.

    -- Gnarlie

    Gnarlodious Guest

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    In article <230720031521528334%pemnospamharperkynes.com>, Dennis
    Pemberton <pemnospamharperkynes.com> wrote:
    > Will the Air Port card connect to any wireless router, or does it only
    > work with the base station?
    Any wireless router that talks 802.11b, which is pretty much all of
    them.

    Dealing with WEP passwords can be tricky. Make sure you have the
    latest version of the AirPort software and choose your wireless network
    from the menu bar icon. That gives you a pull-down menu so you can
    choose whatever way to enter the password that your router uses (ascii,
    hex, etc).

    -Ben
    lot-o-fun Guest

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    Thanks for everybody's input.

    In article <230720032137189440%ottobogus.address.invalid>, Otto Pylot
    <ottobogus.address.invalid> wrote:
    > In article <230720031521528334%pemnospamharperkynes.com>, Dennis
    > Pemberton <pemnospamharperkynes.com> wrote:
    >
    > > Will the Air Port card connect to any wireless router, or does it only
    > > work with the base station?
    >
    > Yes and no. Yes, it can connect to any wireless router as long as they
    > are talking the same language. 802.11b is the most widely used
    > protocol. 802.11g is the new kid in town (Airport Extreme) and is
    > backwards compatible. No, you don't need the base station.
    >
    > I'm using a Linksys BEFW11S4 (802.11b) to connect a G4 (Quicksilver)
    > and a clam-shell iBook, as well as my G3/G4 hybrid via an ethernet
    > cable. I will be connecting soon another Mac and two Wintel boxes.
    >
    > I can access my network from across the street from my neighbors garage
    > so security is necessary. Disable SSID broadcasting, password protect
    > the router, and do MAC address filtering as your basic security
    > measures. You might even want to look into WEP as well.
    Dennis Pemberton Guest

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    Otto Pylot <address.invalid> wrote:

    : I can access my network from across the street from my neighbors garage
    : so security is necessary. Disable SSID broadcasting, password protect
    : the router, and do MAC address filtering as your basic security
    : measures. You might even want to look into WEP as well.

    I recommend:
    - Set a good password for the router config
    - Enable WEP; choose a different password
    - Leave SSID broadcast on; it makes life easier
    - Change the name from linksys to something that won't indicate what
    brand of router you have
    - Forget MAC address filtering; it's too much work to keep uptodate

    -- Sally
    --

    Sally Shears (a.k.a. "Molly")
    com -or- org
    http://theWorld.com/~sshears
    Sally Guest

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