Airport not combatible with network? HELP!

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  1. ac2102 macrumors member

    ac2102

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    While enjoying a cup of coffee sitting in the forum of my University building, i noticed signs being put up advertising the introduction of a wireless 'Nomadic' network to the computer system. :) Great, i thought. The perfect time to get airport so i can surf at my leisure! However, upon further investigation, i found this:

    It is possible to connect MacOS 10.2 systems to the roaming wireless service but by using an alternative wireless adapter, not Apple's standard AirPort wireless cards. This is due to a technical limitation of AirPort (Apple provide PPPoE in AirPort base stations but not AirPort cards).

    What (if anything) does this mean? Any help on the matter would be much appreciated. Also, could airport Extreme help? :confused:
     
  2. rainman::|:| macrumors 603

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    The Airport webpage lists this:

    It doesn't really say if that's for card or base station. They could very well be right, but it's worth a shot-- i'm pretty sure you could return the airport card if it didn't work. i would be surprised if the cards didn't support it, but it sounds like they did their homework--

    perhaps someone else could elaborate more...

    pnw
     
  3. pilotgi macrumors regular

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    Why would you need PPPoE if you're on a network? I thought PPPoE was for modems not wireless cards.
     
  4. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Re: Airport not combatible with network? HELP!

    Apple's standard Airport wireless cards are standard Wi-Fi cards. They use the same Lucent standard chips as all other standard Wi-Fi cards. If Airport cards don't work on the University's roaming network, it is because of decisions made by the University, not some deficiency in Apple's hardware offering. The fact that they are using PPPoE calls everything else they have done into question.
     
  5. ac2102 thread starter macrumors member

    ac2102

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    Cheers for your help! I always figured that it was a technical limitation with the University's set up as i couldnt see Apple wantonly leaving out something like that! Il get on to the university and see if they will talk to me now; up til now theyve ignored me! Cheers all the same.
     
  6. mrjamin macrumors 65816

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    i have a friend at uni in london; all their halls of residence are networked BUT they don't allow non-windows systems onto the network for "security reasons" (lol); could it be a similar tactic being used in your case? Unlikely going from what you've said, but still a possibility. Can you get online using straightforward ethernet?
     
  7. ac2102 thread starter macrumors member

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    Straghtforward ethernet is no problem, but only from fixed points: Wireless would be anywhere in the whole building (they have a number of ports). Still, never mind, maybe i can convince them to buy an Airport Extreme Base station!
    Cheers again for all your help.:p
     

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