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OS 10.4 - how to automate my airport connection


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Quick question that I hope has a quick answer!

Whenever I boot up my macbook from scratch I have to manually click on the airport icon and select my home network from a list of about 7 or 8 networks that are in close enough proximity to register on the macbook network list while at home. All available networks are WEP protected, including mine.

If i don't manually select the network, it won't connect on its own. But when I do select my home network, I don't have to re-enter the 26 digit WEP key or anything, keychain remembers it just fine and it connects in microseconds

What I want to know is, can I change a setting that will tell the mac to connect to this network automatically whenever I do a reboot if within range?

I tried selecting the "connect automatically to open networks" option in system preferences and that had no effect.

I'm running a 18.3 C2D, OSX 10.4.8 connecting to a 108Mbps D-Link DI624 with Super-G enabled, protected with MAC filtering and 128 bit WEP hex key. (what can I say, I'm paranoid!)

While I'm at it too... can the airport card in the macbook use 108Mbps Super-G transfer, or am I stuck with the defaul 54Mbps Airport transfer rate?
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Ok, you want to go into your network preferences in system preferences. Then go to the airport section and you should see a "By default join", make sure it says "Preferred networks" and also make sure that your network is first on the list. This should fix it. If your network is not on the list, simply add it.

Also, right now D-links Super-G only works with other MIMO and Super-G hardware, and is currently not supported by any Airport card.
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Ok, so airport is a 54Mbps solution only huh? Bummer. One of the few areas where Apple isn't leading the pack I guess...
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I worked on a computer the other day that was on a Super-G network and it seemed just as fast as any other wireless network. Maybe it is just me though...
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Ok, so airport is a 54Mbps solution only huh? Bummer. One of the few areas where Apple isn't leading the pack I guess...
54 is currently the best industry standard. Anything over 54mbps hasn't been certified by the 802.11 board so apple won't adopt them until they are approved

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Isn't the Super-G turbo standard just 802.11g with software acceleration?

In any event, my wireless network defaults to the speed of the slowest connected computer anyhow. Right now that's my brand new macbook!

My PC with netwear 802.11g 108Mbps wireless LAN card and D-Link DI-624 wireless access point router run at 108Mbps whenever the macbook is off. Once I log in with it, the whole network slows to 54Mbps. makes no difference for internet browsing, but it really impacts file transfer speeds.
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