What hardware from Apple do I need to go wireless internet and printing?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Sir Loin Steak, Mar 28, 2009.

  1. Sir Loin Steak macrumors 6502

    Sir Loin Steak

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    Is it just the AirPort Express Base Station?

    Is it easy to secure? Does the iMac do this for you (I'm on the verge of buying a 24"), and also is it easy enough to wirelessly print?
     
  2. waw74 macrumors 68030

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    the express will do it.

    fairly easy to set up, just follow the manual.

    also for security make sure you choose WPA not WEP.
     
  3. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

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    ...if your printer is USB, that will plug into the AEBS if you want it to...

    I plan to get the AEBS and use it for networked HDD storage as my brother printer will wirelessly connect and my cable modem is/can be in a different room that way...
     
  4. Sir Loin Steak thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Cool, thanks. I did setup wireless ages ago on another computer/network, but have forgotten how to do it. I do remember about WEP, however.

    Will it be apparent on starting up the mac for the first time how to do the setup? Or will it come as a prompt when I put the cd in from the base station?
     
  5. waw74 macrumors 68030

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    he was asking about the express, which will not do hard drive.
     
  6. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

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    ...the airport express isn't called a "base station" which is what led me to believe he was talking about the Airport Extreme Base Station (AEBS) and just phrased it incorrectly...
     
  7. Sir Loin Steak thread starter macrumors 6502

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  8. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    There's two kinds of AirPorts. One is the Extreme and one is Express. Extreme is a flat box, the Express you plug into the wall. The picture you attached is the Express. Either one will provide you with wireless internet and printing.
     

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