Make your AirPort network fly!

Take Control of
Your AirPort Network

Glenn Fleishman

This product has been discontinued.

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

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.

Glenn Fleishman

About Glenn Fleishman

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.

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.

  • Read Me First
  • Introduction
  • AirPort Networking Quick Start
  • Wireless Basics
  • Pick a Base Station
  • Set Up Your Base Station and Local Network
  • Set Up Your Internet Connection
  • Configure AirPort Express Extras
  • Connect Your Computers
  • Setting Up a Shared USB Printer
  • Improve Coverage Area and Range
  • Secure Your Network
  • App. A: Setting up a Software Base Station
  • App. B: Connect without AirPort Adapters
  • App. C: AirPort Management Tools
  • App. D: Dynamically Assigned Addresses
  • App. E: Diagnose Network Troubles in Tiger
  • 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.

    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.

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