Question on the fundamentals of creating a wireless network

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by vikinggirl, May 17, 2010.

  1. vikinggirl macrumors newbie

    May 17, 2010
    I live in a small apartment and haven't see the need to set up a wireless network/internet connection. However, the ethernet port on my macbook gave out, and so I'm currently without internet access in my own home (Airport works fine - I've been getting online through wireless from other locations, i.e. school, coffee shops, etc.). So I'm hoping (needing) to set up a wireless network at home now. However, I know a part of that process involves a connection through the computer's ethernet port. I'll try to ask my questions as best I can. I'm just not sure about some of the basics of a network setup.

    If I use a borrowed computer (one whose ethernet port works) to set up a wireless network through a router in my home, and then return that computer (remove it from the area/home), will the network remain (I think I'm asking if the created network setup remains on the router)? Will I still be able to use the network/internet connection through Airport on my own computer without that "setup" computer around? Is this not a feasible work around?
  2. belvdr macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2005
    No longer logging into MR
    Correct. The configuration stays on the router, not the machine used to set it up. I'd recommend the Airport Extreme Base Station. OS X already includes a utility to configure it, even over wireless.
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
  4. vikinggirl thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 17, 2010
    Thanks so much! I figured it would work alright. Haven't set one up just for myself before, and the ones I've used always had the "setup" computer remain on the network. I appreciate your (really) quick replies. :)

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