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mini - Mini as Airport Base station?


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Hey this is just a quick question about the mac mini

I was just considering buying a new airport to replace my microsoft base station. But what i just read about the mac mini is that it has an airport built in, now this may sound like a stupid question but there is nothing specifically saying it on the apple site.

Can I set up the mac mini as an airport base station for my wireless network?
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i dont think you can, since the airport in the mac mini is a receiver, not a transmitter. but im sure i'll be proven wrong by some of he geniuses in here.

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I wouldn't think so. You would need a router to provide an internet connection.

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Yes, actually this is possible. But the mini has to always be on...
Plug in your ethernet cable from the modem and go into System Preferences>Sharing>Internet Sharing. Pick share through AirPort and turn it on. It will give you some kind of warning, just click OK.
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Yup, you can get the mini to transmit a wireless signal and do as ardillo9344 said. Of course, it will only work when the mini is on.


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Is this unique to the mini, or can all Airport equipped Macs do this?

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All Mac with a AirPort card can using Tiger or Leopard. I don't know Panther well enough to know if it also has the internet sharing/ broadcast preference.
I used to do it on my original Core Duo iMac. I would hook up the iPhone and other little things to it without a problem.


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Thanks for the replies guys, it seems like I should be able to set it up, the only concern in the other forum I posted on is the range of the signal.

But I got my answer, Thanks
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thats awesome. good to know.

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