[Cialug] RE: OS X Airport setup ? (OT) Sorry

Chris Freeman cwfreeman at gmail.com
Fri Oct 5 16:18:50 CDT 2007

I'll put in here that WEP _seems_ to be handled slightly differently with
the AirPort basestations than with other WiFi basestations. I was never able
to get any Linux boxen OR my Wii to play with my AirPort, but any Mac could
access it just fine. There are supposedly docs online which describe how to
get various systems to work together, but I could never get those to work

Of course, maybe I'm just stupid.


On 10/5/07, Bill Davis <bill.davis at gmail.com> wrote:
> Albus -
> Can you give me more detail about what you're trying to do?  There's
> no such thing as "OS X Airport".    AirPort is the WiFi basestation
> product line from Apple; there are several models.  They also sell
> AirPort cards (I think; the cards come built into all Macs these
> days, so they may not be purchasable separately except as a service
> part....that's what a friend of mine did to upgrade to WiFi "N" on
> his older MacBook that just supported WiFi A/B/G in fact.)
> Are you setting up a non-Mac laptop to access an AirPort
> basestation?   It's just a WiFi basestation so you can access the way
> you would any other company's WiFi basestation.    I can't tell you
> how to do that under Linux, because I don't use Linux (I use OS X for
> my Unixy needs..;-).
> Or if you are setting up the WiFi on an Apple laptop, it will help
> you set that up when you first start it up out of the box if there is
> one around.  If not, go to Apple menu in the upper left corner, pull
> down the menu and select "System Preferences".   In the System
> Preferences window that will appear, find and click the "Network"
> icon.   When the Network preferences screen appears, click the
> "Assist Me" button.
> Use the online help for more info; after starting your Mac, make sure
> it says "Finder" next to the Apple menu at the upper left corner.
> Pull down the "Help" menu and pick "Mac Help".  In the Mac Help
> window search field in the upper right corner, type "airport" and
> press RETURN.
> Also, from the "Popular How-Tos" on Apple' support site
> (www.apple.com/support):
> http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=303595
> There are instructions in PDF format provided on the CD that comes
> with the AirPort basestation too, or you can download them from the
> Support section of Apple's web site at www.apple.com/support/manuals/
> Let me know if you need further help.   (Or if you're accessing from
> a Linux machine, what you have to do to access it....I plan to set up
> Linux under Virtualization on my Mac some day soon and may need help
> myself....)
>   - Bill
> (By the way....it's "Mac" as in "Macintosh" not "MAC" as in Media
> Access Control layer....it's not an acronym like "IBM".  Sorry, pet
> peeve... )
> On Oct 5, 2007, at 1:22 PM, albus wrote:
> > Do any of the MAC users on the list have a link to a howto set the
> > OS X
> > airport up on the laptops?
> >
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