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Take Control of Your AirPort Network
Sep 15, 2005

Take Control of Your AirPort Network

Make your AirPort network fly!

In this title about classic 802.11b- and 802.11g-based AirPort networking, Wi-Fi networking expert Glenn Fleishman shows you how to select the best networking gear (both Apple’s AirPort hardware and cheaper options), position a base station for optimal performance, configure devices, and lock out snoopers.

"If anyone knows about real-world Wi-Fi, it’s Glenn Fleishman."
    —Mark Frauenfelder, co-founder of bOING bOING

More Info

Learn the four things to consider when purchasing hardware (and what device to avoid!), solutions to seven common Internet configuration problems, how to connect a USB printer to a base station, and four ways to extend your network’s range. Whether you’re just getting started with wireless or you have an existing network you want to expand or make more secure, you’ll find useful information that will save you money and time. Cool extras! Locate adapters for older Macs and learn the best ways to configure AirPort Express and AirTunes!

Read this ebook to learn the answers to questions like:

  • How do I work with Keychain Access?
  • How do I configure AirPort Express extras?
  • How do I connect to a network and manage profiles?
  • How do I connect with WPA Enterprise?
  • Help! How do I diagnose network troubles in Tiger?
  • How do I handle dynamically assigned addresses?
  • How do I set a password to restrict access to my base station?

A coupon at the end of the ebook saves you $10 on IPNetRouterX from Sustainable Softworks.


If you have a compatibility question, see the “Compatibility” tab. Also note that Take Control of Your 802.11n AirPort Network is a later edition of this ebook.


In Take Control of Your AirPort Network, you’ll learn about Wi-Fi networking gear that was available in 2006 and earlier, particularly gear supporting the 802.11b and 802.11g standards. Although the title of this book references AirPort, you’ll find coverage not only of AirPort, AirPort Extreme (pre-802.11n), and AirPort Express equipment, but also many tips about comparable equipment or connecting to non-AirPort networks or from non-AirPort equipment.

You’ll be be best served by this title if you are using Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger or Mac OS X 10.3 Panther, or working with Windows XP. Please note that we do not plan to update this book.

If you have one of Apple’s new 802.11n AirPort Extreme base stations (the square ones) released in February 2007, you’ll want Take Control of Your 802.11n AirPort Network instead of this title. This newer ebook covers 802.11n AirPort networking under newer versions of Mac OS X, and looks at mixed networks that use older gear along with 802.11n equipment.

Update Plans

We have no plans to update this title, since it covers largely obsolete hardware (which may still be of interest, if you have that hardware). Check our catalog for newer titles about AirPort base stations and Wi-Fi networking.

Posted by Adam Engst

  1. Google Aims to Simplify Wi-Fi with OnHub Router

    Google has entered the Wi-Fi router marketplace with its newly announced OnHub device which purports to make establishing and maintaining a Wi-Fi network simple. If you are wondering whether Google’s device might be a suitable replacement for your router or make a useful addition to your Wi-Fi network, head on over to TidBITS where Glenn has posted his preliminary take on it.

    Posted by Michael Cohen (Permalink)

  2. IEEE Closes on Ratification of 802.11n

    The IEEE, the engineering group that develops and shepherds the 802.11 family of specifications, has moved the 802.11n standard out of lower-level committees. The standard, started several years ago, and called Draft N since the standard wasn’t precisely finished even though details were fundamentally finalized, will be fully ratified later this year.

    Posted by Glenn Fleishman (Permalink)

  3. Where’s AirPort Admin Utility?

    If you’re using an old graphite or snow base station and thus need the older AirPort Admin Utility, but you can’t find it, note that it may still be on your Mac, but with a new name. When you install AirPort Utility or upgrade to Leopard, the original utility gets renamed “AirPort Admin Utility for Graphite and Snow” (find it in /Applications/Utilities).

    Posted by Tonya Engst (Permalink)

The Author

Glenn Fleishman is a veteran technology writer who has contributed to dozens of publications across his career, including Macworld, the New York Times, Wired, the Atlantic, and the Economist. He has also written dozens of editions of books in the Take Control series. Glenn lives in Seattle with his wife and two children.