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Ask Max: Wireless w/o a Base Station?

Asked on 11/15/2006:

I was wondering it would be possible to start a Wireless network without an Airport Base Station, thanks in advance.


Any Apple computer with Airport wireless capabilities can take the place of a base station. It is called an ad-hoc Wi-Fi network. This is a perfect solution for people who have a desktop Mac and a portable Mac. You will create the Ad-hoc network on your Mac with an ethernet or dial-up internet connection. From OS X you click on the Airport Menu near the clock in the upper right hand corner of your screen. From that menu select ™Create Network...™ From the window that opens you can name the network and chose a radio channel to broadcast on.. That is all that you have to do to start a wireless network, but you should consider password protecting your network. Click on the ™Show Options™ button and check the checkbox for ™Enable encryption.™ Then enter a password twice and you should be ready to go. If you have older equipment or a mix of PCs and Macs, first set up your ad-hoc network without a password to test the setup and add a password later. All you other computers will connect to your ad-hoc network the same as if there was a base station..

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