Is the Aiport the only option for wirless on a Mac?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by LethalWolfe, Feb 7, 2003.

  1. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

    LethalWolfe

    Joined:
    Jan 11, 2002
    Location:
    Los Angeles
    #1
    Or can you use "standard" wireless routers w/Macs (both lap and desktop). On the flip side could a PC be networked w/an Airport station?

    Thanx,

    Lethal
     
  2. WannabeSQ macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2002
    #2
    For most apple portables, its best to use the airport card, so you dont use up the PCMCIA slot, but the iBook and 12" PBook don't have a PCMCIA slot, so you must use apples card. They work fine with any 802.11b (or G nowadays). It also works just fine the other way, they all use the same WiFi protocol.
     
  3. bombensington macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2002
    #3
    Re: Is the Aiport the only option for wirless on a Mac?

    yes. i use the netgear mr814 wireless router. it was a snap to set up on my mac, and works great.
     
  4. Bear macrumors G3

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2002
    Location:
    Sol III - Terra
    #4
    Re: Is the Aiport the only option for wirless on a Mac?

    Either way works fine. Any certified 802.11B/802.11G product will interoperate. Airport is 802.11B, Airport Extreme is 802.11G
     
  5. LethalWolfe thread starter macrumors G3

    LethalWolfe

    Joined:
    Jan 11, 2002
    Location:
    Los Angeles
  6. bbarnhart macrumors 6502a

    bbarnhart

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2002
    Location:
    Stilwell, Kansas
    #6
    Make sure you can configure your wireless router/base station/etc with a mac (I think through html). Most PC wireless products do allow for this, but double check to make sure.
     
  7. Codemonkey macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2002
    Location:
    Edmonton
    #7
    Yup - and to that end, different routers have different features/interfaces - some are horrible. Feature sets/interfaces of routers can be compared to say the menus of a DVD player - some have really good, intuitive menus, and others have such bad usability that you'll only ever go into the menu once (which is a shame, as sometimes that's were the fun goodies are).

    The benefit of using Apple's airport is that it's controllable right from the OS, not from some hokey HTML page.

    My .02 CDN.
     

Share This Page