Please don't laugh but what is 'Airport' ?

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  1. timmoore46 macrumors member

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    I'm a hardware Engineer and realise that its a wireless comms thing.

    However I'm come out of the blue and not ever used it and my immediate Mac knowledge has been gained supporting my partner's iMac.

    Previous Mac experience was OS 6 !

    (I have had the unfortunate experience of trying to use an Apple 3 ! And I touched an Apple 1 in its wooden case !)

    Thankfully Mac arrived !

    Can anyone give me a brief overview of its capabilities ?

    Or should I Wiki !

    :)

    Tim
     
  2. zedsdead macrumors 68040

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    "Airport" is apple WiFi technologies. Apple makes several "Airport" products that are essentially internet routers.

    http://www.apple.com/mac/

    Scroll to the left or click on accessories to see more info.
     
  3. drspa44 macrumors newbie

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    Airport was first seen in the iBook in 1999 and 802.11b was quite a new technology then so words like wifi or wireless network didn't mean much. Apple coined 'Airport' and have sort of stuck with it since then.
     
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  5. eRondeau macrumors 6502a

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    It rolls off the tongue a little easier than "802.11a/b/g/n". But it's the same thing. Although Apple does some cool proprietary things with the user interface (as usual!). :apple:
     
  6. timmoore46 thread starter macrumors member

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    What is its maximum data rate ?

    and many thanks for all those most interesting replies !

    :):):):):):)

    Tim
     
  7. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    Haha, u beat me to it. Yeh an airport is place u go to travel far distances on an airplane of course.
     
  8. Nukemkb macrumors 6502a

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    Wiki is good - search is good, you'll get there fast with 'net...:p
     
  9. PurrBall macrumors 6502a

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    Same transfer rates as the standards it uses. Airport is basically what Apple calls WiFi.
     
  10. Tomorrow macrumors 604

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    Yep - although they tend to use "Airport" as a collective catch-all for b, g, or n, even though the speeds and ranges are different. The standards are identical to the non-Apple products, and they're absolutely compatible with non-Apple products using the same technologies and protocols.
     
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  12. dXTC macrumors 68020

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    So have I, yet not so "unfortunate". In college, I worked at my university's museum. One of the computers in the office I used was the oft-maligned Apple III. As I had programmed the heck out of the IIe's back in high school, I kinda enjoyed the III. The old database program (PFS:FileMaker, perhaps) that was used for some of the museum's genealogy records? Not so much.
     
  13. timmoore46 thread starter macrumors member

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    My experience was that the keyboard had been set to fast auto repeat. (not by me)

    Leave your finger on the 'Y' key for 2 seconds and you have half a screen full of them.

    I was setting some up in the OS and and it auto repeated onto 'Do you really want to delete All of this' type question and did ! Causing a lot of damage to whatever i was up to ! I was choked to say the least ! I just sat there staring at the very blank screen wondering how could an OS be so hostile !

    Glad someone got the thing doing something useful ! *LOL*

    Little could I know Microsoft would emerge with a series of total 'dogs' !

    BSD was a very good choice for the core of OS X as its a bit more stable than Linux and its many variants. But I did like the feature of OS 6 that the entire OS was in a single folder. I had one Mac running off a Syquest when its hard disc failed, just by dragging that Ikon across to it just before the drive finally gave up !

    Sorry for the OT ramble !


    Tim
     

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