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Chapter 5. Going Mobile

IN THIS CHAPTER:

40 Connect to the Internet Wirelessly

41 Set Up AirPort to Automatically Reconnect

42 Create a Computer-to-Computer Network

43 Create and Configure a Location

44 Switch to a New Location

Networking takes on a whole new dimension when you unplug the Ethernet cable or phone line and go wireless. Apple's AirPort technology introduced the computing world to the freedom of 802.11 wireless networking back in 1999, and it's become one of the great hits of our time. Wireless-enabled coffee shops, restaurants, bookstores, and other public locales are springing up daily, giving patrons the ability to shed the chains of a stationary, hard-coded Internet configuration. It's all dynamic and automatic now, and the future will only be more so, as sales of laptops (both in the Windows world and among Macs) continue to outstrip sales of even the most powerful desktop computers. Mobility is a much-prized commodity these days.


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