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Internet, Networking, and Wireless Discussion of networking, internet, and wireless including Apple's Airport products.

Ripped off? (Airport card with non-Apple wireless modem?)

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I'm very new at networking, and don't fully understand what Airport does. All I know is I bought a Netgear Wireless Ethernet DSL modem/router and asked my local Apple retailer what I need for my mac to use broadband internet using this modem. He told me to buy an Airport Extreme Card for my eMac G4 800.

I haven't installed it yet, because I have noticed everything I have read on Airport cards only seems to assume you have an Airport Base STation, which i don't have.

Can you use an airport card with a 3rd party wireless Modem, or should I get my money back?

I'd be surprised if it couldn't, as Macs usually are good with this sort of thing, but wanna make sure before I break the seal.

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Yes, you can definitely use an AirPort or AirPort Extreme card with a 3rd party router. I'm currently connected to my Linksys wireless router via my iBook's AirPort card.


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Yeah, the manual only states to use it with an Airport Extreme base station because naturally, Apple wants you to buy their product. But if you set up your Netgear Wireless correctly (or any wireless hub for that matter), the airport card in your apple should be able to automatically detect it. Same reason that if you go to a Starbucks, some college campuses, some airports, high end hotels, etc., you can automatically go wirelessly online even though I doubt any of them actually use the Apple Extreme base station.
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