Includes general information about the AirPort Card and AirPort software
About Your AirPort Card
With the AirPort Card installed in your computer, you can do the following:
mAccess an AirPort network at your work or school and use it to browse the Internet, send and receive
mSet up a direct link between two or more
mSet up an AirPort network using your computer as a base station and provide Internet access to other
AirPort technology offers an easy and affordable way to provide wireless Internet access anywhere in your home or classroom. Instead of using traditional cabling to create a network, AirPort uses wireless local area network (LAN) technology to provide wireless communication between multiple computers.
How AirPort Works
In a traditional network, computers are connected through a series of wires that transfer information between the different computers on the network. With AirPort, data is transferred between computers over a wireless network using radio waves.
There are two ways to create a wireless network. When two or more
You can create a more permanent wireless network using a device known as a “base station.” In this kind of network, all wireless communication goes through the base station to other computers on the network or to the Internet.
How AirPort Provides Wireless Internet Access
The following are ways that you can use AirPort technology to provide Internet access to
mConnect an AirPort Base Station (available from your
mConnect a telephone line, cable modem, or DSL modem to an AirPort Base Station. The AirPort Base Station establishes an Internet connection and also creates a wireless network though which multiple computers can get access to the Internet.
mShare the Internet connection (phone line, cable modem, or DSL) of a single AirPortequipped computer with other
Note: To use AirPort to access the Internet, you must have an account with an Internet service provider (ISP). In addition, you need to have a traditional way to access the Internet, either through a phone line, cable, or DSL modem.