need help with router question

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by seablue, Oct 27, 2007.

  1. seablue macrumors regular

    Jul 16, 2007
    Ok... I have a eMac desk top and an ibook. Right now I have dial up - UGH! I'm sick of it. I signed up with a local company that is wireless ethernet. Not exactly satellite although they install a dish and there is a cable that goes into the desk top computer. I asked the sales lady if I'd need a router and she said yes -- for my laptop. But the girl at the place where I signed papers said no if my laptop has a built in wireless. Which ibook does have.
    So.... do I or don't I need a router? When I take my ibook to work with me (I work at a University) I just open up the ibook and there's my wireless signal and I'm on the net. Of course, it had to be configured when I first got it and I think the University is on an ethernet wireless system but I'm not sure.
  2. seablue thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 16, 2007
  3. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    I think you need to describe the service you are getting in better detail. But in general you will likely need a router. But note the a mac can act as a router. There is a box in the network prefferences (share connection via...." Search the help text n "share connection"

    But with a router you do not have to leave one of the computers on 24x7.
  4. seablue thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 16, 2007
    If you go here:
    that will describe it. It's one of those deals where they have towers in certain areas (alot of hard to reach areas IE: no DSL availability)
    and they come out to your home and install a dish or a small tower antenna which an ethernet wire is connected to either the computer or router from the dish/antenna.

    P.S. I see you are from Redondo Beach -- ahhh... my home town and I miss it terribly. Has it grown much in the last 10 years? But I have horses now and I don't suppose there is much space for horses there :( Unless you have lots and lots of $$$
    So, for now, I"ll just have to visit the beach and live on my acreage.

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