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This article contains the most frequently asked questions (and their answers) on Airport technology1: Can I add wireless communication capabilities to iBooks? 2: What is AirPort? 3: Is it difficult to set up an AirPort network? 4: What is it? AirPort Hardware Access Point? 5: What is AirPort Software Access Point? 6: Can I transfer files between different iBooks equipped with AirPort if there is no access point? 7: How far from the hardware access point can work AirPort? 8: How can the AirPort signal go through the walls? 9: What is the transmission speed of AirPort? 10: Can I use more than one Airport-equipped computer in my home? 11: My connection through the modem Can it slow down if I use Airport? 12: Can I create an Airport network in a classroom? 13: What version of MacOS do I need to use Airport? 14: What kind of security is available when using Airport? 15: What effect does it have the use of Airport on the duration of the beats rie? 16: Which Apple systems can use Airport? 17: How can I connect an iMac or PowerMac G3 to an Airport network? 18: How can I add a PowerBook G3 to an Airport network? 19: Can I share a printer between connected computers to an Airport network? 20: If I use iBooks with Airport at school, can I also use it at home? 21: What does IEEE 802.11b and what does it mean? 22: Does my Mac work with third party 802.11 compliant wireless products? 23: Can I use a laptop PC in an Airport network? 24: What is the difference between DSSS and FHSS? 25: Can I disable Airport on my computer? 26: How much does it cost to add wireless communication capability to my iBook? 27: To to have wireless transmission capability do i have to make a decision when purchasing or can i add it later? 28: Who can install an Airport card?
Question 1: Can I add wireless communication capabilities to the new iBook, PowerBook, Cubo, iMac G4?Answer: Yes. Just insert the Airport card in the Built to order options when you buy a new one from the Apple Store or you can buy it from the Apple Store or any retailer and install it yourself (just lift the keyboard and insert it in the appropriate slot. NDR) .Question 2: What is AirPort?Answer: AirPort is a wireless local area network technology that offers a simple and inexpensive way to bring the Internet to every room in your home or every classroom desk, without cables, without additional telephone lines or complicated hardware for networking. .
AirPort allows multiple computer users to simultaneously browse multiple websites and access email through a single Internet account. Users of computers that have Airport can also exchange files without the need for floppy disks or other media.
Question 3: Is it difficult to set up an AirPort network?Answer: No. Apple has made it easy for anyone to connect to an airport network. A setup assistant guides you through the procedure with simple terms and automatically configures the computer for you.Question 4: What is the AirPort Hardware Access Point (more commonly called Base Station)?Answer: This unit is similar to the base station of a cordless phone. It allows you to connect to the telephone line of your home. AirPort Hardware Access Point allows several family members to share a single mode connection so that they can access multiple Internet sites simultaneously, all wirelessly. The access point also has an Ethernet connection so you can use any modem via cable or ADSL access at home. Every time you open your browser, the hardware access point contacts your provider and accesses the website you have requested and disconnects immediately when you have finished the consultation.Question 5: What is AirPort Software Access Point?Answer: This special software allows you to use a second iBook computer (or a powerbook equipped with a specific N.D.R. card) as a wireless base station to connect to the internet instead of using AirPort Hardware Access Point. The software works in the same way as the hardware access point, but uses the internal modem of the PowerBoo, iBook or an iMac or G4 for internet connection.
Question 6: Can I transfer files between different iBooks equipped with AirPort if there is no hardware access point like the Base Station?Answer: Yes. You can transfer files or play multiplayer games between computers equipped with an Airport card. You simply use the AirPort control strip module on both computers to decide whether to use the AirPort Hardware Access Point or direct communication between computers and computers. . Depending on the boundary conditions (walls or floors more or less thick) the computers may be able to communicate at a distance of 50 meters from each other.Question 7: How far from the hardware access point can AirPort work?Answer: AirPort typically has a transmission range of approximately 50 m even through the walls. It is thus possible to use Ibooks with Airport in every corner of the house or through many classrooms in a school.Question 8: How can the AirPort signal go through the walls?Answer: AirPort uses radio frequencies for communication. Infrared signals require an unobstructed visible between two units while radio signals can pass through solid objects such as walls.
Question 9: What is the transmission speed of AirPort?Answer: The transmission speed of 11 megabits per second, almost 10 times higher than that of old products for home networks. With speeds equivalent to those of an Ethernet network, Airport can satisfy the demands of a heavy file sharing or a multiplayer game.
Question 10: Can I use more than one Airport-equipped computer in my home? Answer: Yes. You can share internet access, exchange files and play through Airport-equipped computers in your home. This option exists for both ibooks and PowerBooks with third-party wireless cards. Computers can communicate directly with others or connect to the internet. from every room in the house.
Question 11: Can my connection through the modem slow down if I use Airport?Answer: No. If you use a V90 connection you have up to 56 Kbps to share between the computers that use your AirPort Hardware Access Point. *
Question 12: Can I create an Airport network in a classroom?Answer: Yes. With an iBook with Airport and an AirPort Hardware Access Point, you can create a wireless network in a classroom. You can also add other access points to cover the whole school.Question 13: Which version of MacOS do I need to use Airport?Answer: Mac OS 8.6 or later for the first versions of the software, Mac OS 9.1 for versions from 1.2 onwards. Of course Airport will also work with Mac OS X.
Question 14: What kind of security is available when using Airport?Answer: AirPort offers access control through a password and encryption to obtain security equivalent to that of cable networks, users are asked to enter a password to access the Airport network.And, optionally an additional password to access every other computer on the network. When information is transmitted, Airport uses a 40-bit encryption code making it illegible to any attacker.
Question 15: What effect does the use of Airport have on battery life?Answer: Airport uses battery power. However, since the computer uses energy much more widely, there is minimal impact during normal use. If you want to save energy and make batteries last longer, you can deactivate the Airport card (through a module of the control strip) when you are not using it.
Question 16: Which Apple systems can use Airport?Answer: iBook (from the earliest models) already has an antenna inside: you just need to add an AirPort Card. Lombard and WallStreet PowerBooks can use a PCMCIA card to communicate with an Airport network, all recent PowerBook models with Firewire ports (therefore Pismo and Titanium), the iMac DV and the latest series, the G4, the Cubes all have an antenna and internal slot to house an Airport card.
Question 17: How can I connect an iMac or PowerMac G3 (which have no provision) to an Airport network? Answer: An iMac and a Power Macintosh G3 (but also a previous model with Ethernet card. NDR) can be easily added to the network by connecting a crossover Ethernet cable to the AirPort Hardware Access Point (or to an Ethernet Hub connected to this. NDR). You simply have to place the hardware access point near the desktop computer, connect the Ethernet port to the access point using the crossover cable and you are able to share the AirPort Hardware Access Point modem. You can also share multiplayer files and games.Question 18: How can I add a non-firewire PowerBook G3 to an Airport network? Answer: Many third party manufacturers offer PCMCIA cards for wireless connection to an Airport network.Question 19: Can I share a printer between computers connected to an Airport network?Answer: Apple currently offers the same printer sharing capabilities for both wired and wireless connections. In a classroom, IP printers can be connected to an Airport network in the same way they are connected to an Ethernet network. At home, many USB printers can be shared through Mac systems. In any case, since Airport allows you to easily exchange files, you can simply transfer your data to the computer that is connected to the printer. There are also airport systems for printers produced by third parties. like HP. Refer to the Airport section of MacProf for news on the latest devices on the market: https://www.macitynet.it/
Question 20: If I use iBooks with Airport at school, can I also use it at home?Answer: Yes. If you buy an AirPort Hardware Access Point for home (or set up an AirPort Software Access Point), you can also use Airport here. The Airport control strip module allows you to easily exchange network configurations between home and school.Question 21: What is IEEE 802.11 and what does it mean?Answer: IEEE 802.11 a standard developed by the same organization that has established the standards for the ethernet network that are commonly used in offices. 802.11 a world standard, so companies that build products that comply with this standard can make their products work together without problems Schools often find it useful to take advantage of standardized equipment: in this way they can combine hardware from different sources. Home users who purchase a standardized product are sure that it can work with products from other companies.
Question 22: Does My iBook work with third-party 802.11-compliant wireless products?Answer: The iBook works with third-party products that comply with the IEEE 802.11 standard and use Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (DSSS) modulation.Question 23: Can I use a laptop PC in an Airport network?Answer: Yes. Airport based on the IEEE 802.11 DSSS standard and there are several companies with products that allow a PC to connect to an Airport network.
Question 24: What is the difference between DSSS and FHSS?Answer: Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (DSSS) and Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS) are two different technologies included in the IEEE 802.11 specifications. They are incompatible with each other. Frequency Hopping technology is the oldest and limited by US standards at a speed of 2 megabits per second. Direct Sequence technology is beginning to spread and supports transmission speeds of up to 11 megabits per second. Apple uses DSSS technology because it is equivalent to Ethernet transmission capabilities.
Question 25: Can I disable Airport on my computer? Answer: Yes. The AirPort C control strip module allows you to disable the Airport card. It can be useful if you travel by plane or if you don't need its characteristics.Question 26: How much does it cost to add wireless communication capability to my iBook? Answer: The AirPort Card has a suggested cost of 199,000 L. plus VAT whether you order with a Mac or later. AirPort Hardware Access Point or Base Station has a suggested retail price of 599,000 L. plus VAT and can be purchased at the Apple Store or at Apple retailers. The AirPort Software Access Point software included in the Airport card package.
Question 27: To have the wireless transmission capacity do I have to make a decision at the time of purchase or can I add it later?Answer: If "wireless" capability is not chosen as a built to order option in the Apple Store when you buy an iBook, you can add it later. Just order an Airport card from an Apple Store and also an AirPort Hardware Access Point if you want use Airport at home.
Question 28: Who can install an Airport card?Answer: You can install an Airport card yourself and get it up and running in minutes. Following the instructions provided with the card, just insert it into the appropriate slot on your computer and install the software that guides you through the configuration. You can even more simply rely on an authorized Apple Reseller.
* Modem speed up to 56Kbps, fax speed up to 14.4 Kbps