Wireless. . . Do you still need a modem?

Shrek

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If I were to set up a wireless cable network would I still need my cable modem? Would I have to get a new cable modem? What kind of cable modem would I have to get? How does this work? :rolleyes:
 

macstudent

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you will still need your cable modem because you plug your aiport base station into the cable modem. What you don't need is a router since the airport does this.
 

Shrek

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Originally posted by macstudent
you will still need your cable modem because you plug your aiport base station into the cable modem. What you don't need is a router since the airport does this.
Doesn't the airport base station stick to the wall or the ceiling or something?
 

rainman::|:|

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Originally posted by Shrek


Doesn't the airport base station stick to the wall or the ceiling or something?
If by "wall or ceiling" you mean a table, and by "stick to" you mean sit on, then yes, that's it precisely :)

Building networks, however small, is one of my favorite activities. If you're having troubles, think of it in terms of a data stream-- where does the data go from where? From the internet it comes through your cable modem, which connects via Ethernet to your Airport base, where it takes flight and transmits to your Airport card(s), and víola, your computer is wired :)

As was said, normally one would have to worry about a router, either hardware or software, but Airport's built to share physical connections...

pnw
 

Shrek

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Is it best to place the airport base station in a place that is about equal distance from each computer in the house to get the best reception possible?
 

scem0

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Originally posted by Shrek
Is it best to place the airport base station in a place that is about equal distance from each computer in the house to get the best reception possible?
Yeah. Try to put it somewhere far away from anything that will mess it up. For example, my cell phone screws up with all my computer components as soon as I start to use it, or as soon as it starts ringing. Maybe it could be your dining room center-piece :D:D:D....
 

saabmp3

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If you use that modem you posted above you don't need an airport base station. That will do the job that the airport base station was going to go.

BEN
 

Shrek

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Originally posted by saabmp3
If you use that modem you posted above you don't need an airport base station. That will do the job that the airport base station was going to go.
Thanks. That's great. That also may speed things up a little bit, eh? This is because everything all comes to one place on the network without having to go through a base station. Am I right?

This discussion is raising more questions than it is answering! ;)
 

madamimadam

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There is a actually a program that you use when setting up the airport that shows you the strength of the signal on the machines being used so that you can find the best position for the base station.

If you are using this modem, though, I do not know if there would be a similar feature

Just another question for you
:)