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mlecho 02-21-2004 08:10 PM

airport card alternative?
 
looking to go wireless/wi-fi...do i have a choice as to what card i buy? Does it have to be "Apple Airport Card", or is there a clone/copy? do i want 11b or 11g? what's the difference.

thanks

trpnmonkey41 02-21-2004 11:33 PM

Just got back from vacation so haven't posted in a while.

You don't have to use the Airport card although it is recommended.

http://www.dlink.com/products/?pid=175

They have a USB wifi card. Apple is the only company that has an internal wifi card so that nothing is sticking out for apples as of now to my knowledge.

Whether to choose B or G depends on what router you will be using.

G has speeds of 54 mbps at a range of 50 ft and than it goes to the 11mbps for 100 ft range

B has 11 mbps for the whole 150 ft range.

So unless you will be close to the access point or router G is not too important

mlecho 02-22-2004 06:01 PM

[QUOTE=trpnmonkey41]Just got back from vacation so haven't posted in a while.

You don't have to use the Airport card although it is recommended.

http://www.dlink.com/products/?pid=175
]
Thanks for the help...if i go with something like this dlink...will it be considerably slower than the airport card, or are we looking at something about the same?

the price is surely better with the dlink.

andyeb 02-28-2004 02:57 PM

Personally, I'd go for the internal card any day. There are a number of wi-fi hot spots springing up in cafes and shops - having something plugged into the USB port seriously reduces the posing factor... oops I mean makes it seriously less convenient ;)

Andy

lsuperguy 02-28-2004 08:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by andyeb
Personally, I'd go for the internal card any day. There are a number of wi-fi hot spots springing up in cafes and shops - having something plugged into the USB port seriously reduces the posing factor... oops I mean makes it seriously less convenient ;)

Andy

I agree with the "posing factor" plus you get great signal from the antenna in the lid of the ibook or TiBook rather than the little antenna the dongle has on it.


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