Wireless internet

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by tealcadillac, Feb 10, 2006.

  1. tealcadillac macrumors newbie

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    I haven't made the switch to mac yet, but I'm planning to :]

    However, (here comes the face-palming-very-noobish question), do you have to use Apple's Airport Extreme/Express for internet? Can you use like ... linksys or something on a Powerbook/iBook?

    Thanks so much in advance :]
     
  2. calebjohnston macrumors 68000

    calebjohnston

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    Yes, you can. I have a... no name brand router I believe, but linksys works fine, along with any other router. I had some complications when getting into my wireless network at home (other than adding the $ in front of the WEP code), but I called apple and they helped me get it working.

    Don't worry, your mac will work.

    You don't need to buy an airport thing, just make sure the computer has a wireless card in it. Which the new powerbooks and ibooks do.

    BTW - entry level, I would go for 12" ibook. (dont get the 14", the screen is distorted and has same resolution. - not a great deal valuewise. 12" is incredible though)
     
  3. tealcadillac thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ahh thanks. Just what I needed to know. :]

    I'm not sure whether to get the 12" iBook or PB. From the posts I've seen here, everyone seems happierb with their PBs, but since this is my first mac, I feel as if I should just get an iBook:/
     
  4. Heb1228 macrumors 68020

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    Hey, this was my first Mac. I jumped in with both feet and I loved every minute. But with the intel transition right now, I'd probably go for the 12 inch iBook. That'll last you 2 good years then you can get an intel model after all the software is native. That's my suggestion.

    And I have a linksys router and it works just fine.
     
  5. calebjohnston macrumors 68000

    calebjohnston

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    Honestly, I'd go with the ibook. The powerbooks are very tempting, but being new to a mac, I'd go with the ibook. Better value deal considering you're new to the computers. I recently switched too and went with the 12" ibook.

    Like heb said. the 12" ibook is going to work for me for 2-3 years (considering how long it lasts) and then i'll switch to an intel laptop once everything's nice and native.
     
  6. cgratti macrumors 6502a

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    The brand of the Router wont matter, as long as its 802.11G or B.
     

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