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    daveo
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    Talking wireless router help..
    hello.
    i just ordered a 12'' ibook and i was asked if i need the airport express (which i do) however, is there anyother brands which are cheaper and will work with the ibook.
    Iam using optus cable
    Iam in Australia

    Thankyou.

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    You can use an external USB wifi device (i.e. a little dongle that plugs into the side of your book)

    But that solution is a) not as elegant as an internal solution and b) will not have as good reception as the internal option that utilises the antenna built around the screen casing.

    Unfortunately the apple specification for their internal slots is non-standard which means that only apple makes the required cards!

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    tariq
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    are you talking about a wireless card or router?

    wireless card
    get apple's aiport extreme card

    router
    you can buy any third party wireless router (LinkSys, D-Link, USRobotics, SMC, etc.) and it'll work fine with you mac.

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    daveo
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    i have the card just need to no model numbers of wireless routers that work with the ibook

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    any 802.11b or g router will work with the extreme
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    tariq
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    My recommendation is the Linksys WRT54G wireless router, less than $100, and a very relaible router. Even firmware upgradable to allow for greater reception range, among other things.

  7. #7
    daveo
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    thankyou for you help
    is the Linksys just as good signal as the airport express?

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    Oh sorry I missunderstood!

    (should read more carefully)

    The airport express can also be used to stream music from your iBook to your stereo. I.e. you plug it into the wall, one cable goes to your dsl connection, the other optical or normal audio cable plugs into your speakers / Hifi system.

    Then you can control your music from your iBook.


    Apart from that performance and signal should be equal on both, if not better on the linksys (which has a larger antenna inside)

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