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Chapter 20. AirPort

The AirPort technology is amazingly cool. It lets you connect to the Internet without any wires so you can use your iMac in the kitchen or workshop, or your iBook (the laptop version of an iMac) in your treefort or library, even if there is no phone line around—the computer can be up to 150 feet away from the AirPort Base Station. One of the greatest advantages of having an AirPort setup is that as many as ten computers can all connect to the Internet on the same line! No longer do you have to wait for your teenage daughter to stop chatting online so you can get online for that research project. And not only can you get on the Internet, but each iMac with an AirPort card can share files with other computers that are on the same wireless connection, and can even print through the wireless network.

How do you know if your iMac is ready for AirPort? If you still have the box it came in, check the information on the outside. If you don't have the box, check the back of your computer, way at the bottom. Do you see a round button with a slot in it? That button opens a panel so you can install more memory or an AirPort card.


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