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AirPort Networks

AirPort is Apple’s term for the 802.11 (WiFi) wireless networking technology. If you have it, you’ll remember having paid $80 or $100 for an AirPort card, which lets any modern Mac model communicate with an AirPort base station up to 300 feet away, much like a cordless phone. Doing so lets you surf the Web from your laptop in the TV room, for example, or share files with someone across the building from you. (Details in Wiring the Network.)

Most people set up an AirPort base station in one of three ways:

  • They go online by dialing via modem, which is built into some AirPort base station models. The base station is plugged into a phone jack. Wireless Macs in the house can get online by triggering the base station to dial by remote control.


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