Airport extreme card

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by bdugan, Jan 10, 2007.

  1. bdugan macrumors regular

    Feb 14, 2006
    I dont quite understand what the airport extreme does. It will let me get onto the internet no matter where I am? Does that mean I can cancel my comcast internet and still get onto the internet because I have this card, or is service required?
  2. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    You need to have some sort of internet access, whether it be your own access through Comcast, another available wireless access point set up by someone else, etc.

    The typical setup would be that you would have internet access in your home (from Comcast in your case) and some sort of wireless access point, whether it be a wireless router supplied by Comcast or one of your own (either an Apple AirPort Express or AirPort Extreme base station or a third-party wireless router) connected to their modem. This will set up wireless access for your home. Your computer equipped with an AirPort Extreme card will be able to connect to this network and receive internet access.

    Otherwise, you're relying on having access from someone else.
  3. iW00t macrumors 68040


    Nov 7, 2006
    Defenders of Apple Guild
    It is a magic device. Data vanishes into the "ether" on your end and magically appears at the destination host :rolleyes:
  4. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    There really is no need for that. :p

    Think of Airport Extreme as Bluetooth but higher speed and further away (up to say 150 feet or so). You will need to connect a cable modem (from Comcast, for instance) to the Airport Extreme to access the internet. Sorry, no magic.
  5. bbydon macrumors 6502a

    May 18, 2005
    its nothing but a named wifi card
    it needs a wifi hub like lynksys or the apple hub
    and an internet source like comcast
  6. orangemacapple macrumors 6502

    Sep 1, 2006
    it's like a cordless phone

    think of your extreme or express as a cordless phone. you need telephone service to your house. then you can hook up a cordless phone and walk around while talking. that's what wifi is -- the cordless part of your standard service.

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