Connecting to a wireless PC network.

Discussion in 'Mac Help/Tips' started by macajax4, Jul 22, 2002.

  1. macajax4 macrumors newbie

    Nov 10, 2001
    Hi everyone. I'm entering university this year and I know they have an 802.11b compatible wireless network. I was thinking of purchasing an Apple airport card in order to connect to the network. My question is this : Does the airport card work with any 802.11 b compliant network / base station or does it require an Apple Airport base station? Thank you very much for your help.
  2. awrc macrumors regular

    Apr 20, 2002
    Milwaukee, WI
    Should work just fine with a standard 802.11b network - my home network was "all PC" (specifically a Netgear MR314 router/wireless hub, a Netgear MA102 access point, and several PCs with Netgear MA401 cards) until my wife got her Powerbook. In fact it was easier to get the Macs on the network than it was originally hooking the PCs up.

    Only problems I've had were with the range of my wife's TiBook - I ended up having to add the MA102 in the living-room, hardwired to my main switch by 50ft of CAT5 - because of the TiBook's rather feeble reception range. If it's a TiBook you've got, unless you add an external antenna, expect to spend a lot of time hanging out near your nearest access point :D

  3. macajax4 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 10, 2001
  4. Warblade macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2002
    Adding an external antenna? How is that done, short of getting another wireless card and sticking it in the pcmcia slot. I'm planning to get a TiBook soon. Supposedly the newer ones have addressed the bad reception issue, but, if I still can't get reception downstairs (where I primarily use laptops) then I'd like to be able to fix it :D
  5. buffsldr macrumors 6502a


    May 7, 2001
    No worries. I bought an airport card last week, put it in my ibook, went to the library, and was online no problem.

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