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Ask Max: Wireless Options through Dial-Up

Asked on 05/26/2006:

Hi, I have a question about setting up a router so I can use my iBook wirelessly on a Dial-Up connection. I don't want to pay $200 to get the Airport Extreme base station with antenna and modem. Is there a cheaper system that works like the Airport Extreme that my built in airport on my iBook will pick up so that I can move about my house freely without having to have a cord directly plugged into my computer?


I can understand your reluctance to buy the Airport Base Station. You would only be using one of its features. It would be your only option if there where multiple people in your house wanting to share a Dialup Internet account or if you wanted to print wirelessly, but if you just need to cut the phone cord it would be overkill. What you need is a wireless phone line. Some cordless phones will have modem ports in them but those are hard to find and bulky. Fortunately a company called Nebo Wireless ( has just what you need. The Nebo Wireless base unit connects to your home phone line and the receiver unit plugs into your modem and USB port. The USB connection is only for power so there are no drivers. Your computer thinks it is hooked up to a regular phone line. The Nebo Wireless is only $49.99 and can be purchased directly from their site. I have never used this product but it looks to be the best solution for you.

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