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

Bill Davis bill.davis at gmail.com
Fri Oct 5 23:07:33 CDT 2007

My Mac laptops, several Palm PDAs, a Windows CE PDA from HP and an  
iPhone of mine have all worked fine with both WEP and/or WPA on  
several models of Apple Airport basestations as well as with WEP and  
WPA on other brands of wifi basestations (linksys etc). Only problem I  
ever had was my fault, a typo in the password or the card address or  
SSID usually.  There may be problems but I don't use Linux (yet) so I  
can't speak to that....but considering the above systems use 3  
different OSes, I'd doubt it's the AirPort's fault.

   - Bill

On Oct 5, 2007, at 4:18 PM, "Chris Freeman" <cwfreeman at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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 either.
> Of course, maybe I'm just stupid.
> Chris
> 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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