*warning, n00b question* Airport Extreme

MUCKYFINGERS

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Don't flame me, now, I've been a PC guy for 13 years of my life now...

Airport Extreme = wireless internet receiver, right? so in other words, my wireless router will be able to send signals to the airport extreme card in the iBook i'm planning on getting and it will have wireless internet, right?
 

WildCowboy

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That's correct!

BTW, the quote in your signature is by philosopher George Santayana.
 

MacNoobie

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I've got a Airport Extreme base station and more or less can function as a wireless router (imho a simple one) and a wireless reciever. You can set the Airport to join your current wireless network and just be a client so it can connect wirelessly to your router and share internet though I havent had any luck connecting cat5 from my laptop to the Airport and having it join my current wireless network and share it. I think it also states in the settings that if you choose to join a current wireless network it will disable cat5 for some reason.
 

MUCKYFINGERS

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MacNoobie said:
I've got a Airport Extreme base station and more or less can function as a wireless router (imho a simple one) and a wireless reciever. You can set the Airport to join your current wireless network and just be a client so it can connect wirelessly to your router and share internet though I havent had any luck connecting cat5 from my laptop to the Airport and having it join my current wireless network and share it. I think it also states in the settings that if you choose to join a current wireless network it will disable cat5 for some reason.
Well, I'm currently using Comcast Cable internet and I've got the cable modem hooked up to a wireless router. When I get my iBook 14", it should be able to detect the wireless network and surf the net out of the box, right?
 

Zman5225

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MUCKYFINGERS said:
Well, I'm currently using Comcast Cable internet and I've got the cable modem hooked up to a wireless router. When I get my iBook 14", it should be able to detect the wireless network and surf the net out of the box, right?

Yep should work just like that.
 

Mechcozmo

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MacNoobie said:
I think it also states in the settings that if you choose to join a current wireless network it will disable cat5 for some reason.

Check your network settings. You can set the priority of different network devices. I have mine FireWire/Ethernet/Airport mostly, but different Locations I have set up differently.

Remember:
Airport Extreme is 802.11g
Airport Express is 802.11g mobile base station
Airport Extreme Base Station is.... well... duh.
 

MUCKYFINGERS

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802.11g airport extreme card is still compatible with my 802.1b wireless router, right?
 

tuartboy

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MacNoobie said:
I think it also states in the settings that if you choose to join a current wireless network it will disable cat5 for some reason.
I think it uses the wireless first, but I know the ethernet is not disabled. I use wireless to connect to the internet at work and keep the ethernet plugged in so i can print to the RIP.

Also, Muckyfingers, I found your sig rather humorous. Jim Jones and the kool-aide kids. They sure aren't going to repeat that mistake! :p
 

MUCKYFINGERS

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tuartboy said:
I think it uses the wireless first, but I know the ethernet is not disabled. I use wireless to connect to the internet at work and keep the ethernet plugged in so i can print to the RIP.

Also, Muckyfingers, I found your sig rather humorous. Jim Jones and the kool-aide kids. They sure aren't going to repeat that mistake! :p
I find my signature pretty damn funny too!!!
 

Mechcozmo

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tuartboy said:
I think it uses the wireless first, but I know the ethernet is not disabled. I use wireless to connect to the internet at work and keep the ethernet plugged in so i can print to the RIP.

Also, Muckyfingers, I found your sig rather humorous. Jim Jones and the kool-aide kids. They sure aren't going to repeat that mistake! :p

Go to System Preferences->Network

That is the current status of your connections. Example, Ethernet has a higher priority than wireless, but I mainly connect wireless. This means I plug a cable in and it auto-swaps to use Ethernet instead of wireless.