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Chapter 5. Building Your Wireless Network > Creating a Software Access Point

Creating a Software Access Point

Although we've been talking entirely about hardware so far, there's no reason an access point can't exist entirely in software on a regular computer. In fact, Apple years ago embraced the notion that with an AirPort card, you should be able to turn a computer into the equivalent of an access point even while it carries out other tasks. Despite Apple's early Software Base Station support in Mac OS 8.6 and then Mac OS 9, Mac OS X lacked the feature for nearly its first year and a half, until Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar came out in August of 2002.

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Thanks to an exclusive agreement with a chip-set maker, only Apple can download the special extra firmware to their AirPort card to turn it into a true software access point.



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