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Wireless, but also wireless-less Dec. 28th, 2004 06:21 pm
Ok, so I gave in and bought the 12" Powerbook. Financially, not the ideal time for a purchase of that size (but it's not going to cause any sort of financial trouble), but one of two things will happen from now; either 1) I'll get a job (freelance or perm) and the finances won't be an issue or 2) I'll have plenty of free time to learn about Darwin/OSX/BSD. (And I'm making damn sure it's option 1 that occurs).

So I've got a genuinely portable lappy, lightweight, built-in wireless (which I can slap an Apache/PHP/MySQL server on as a demo box). And I've got a wireless access point for it to talk to so that I can use it unwired. Except that the WAP is that old lump of crippleware that I had to demote when I put a "real" network in place, the Netgear DG824M. Now it's an ideal device for virtually plug-n-play use on a DSL modem to connect multiple machines via ethernet and wireless with NAT, which is what it's designed for. Try and use it for *anything* else (eg no NAT, or as a WAP and not a modem) and it won't f'cking play along. And I'm an awkward bugger with a home network that looks more like a small office setup.

So I'm going to retire that device (anyone want it?) and get a new, single-function WAP that will actually accept configuration that includes a default gateway that's not itself. Probably *not* the Apple Airport base-station as that costs a fortune. Anyone know of anything suitable?

[Thanks to omnigraffle: the network (pdf) (png)]

*hangs head in shame*

From: webcowgirl
Date: December 28th, 2004 - 07:01 pm (Link)
God, I only pretend to be a computer geek. I was defeated last night by stupid old Access, made angry enough to keep me awake once I finally hit the sack. And look at you going to town!
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From: meryc
Date: December 28th, 2004 - 08:46 pm (Link)
Yea I noticed this as well.

I still play with linux bsd and other oses but the mac rules.

Very very cool.
From: julietk
Date: December 28th, 2004 - 07:29 pm (Link)
Hurrah for shiny Powerbook!

[writing from her shiny Powerbook...]
From: hsb
Date: December 28th, 2004 - 08:07 pm (Link)
Aha, someone else who goes for the 12". We both have that size, courtesy of a breakin that forced us to buy new laptops a while back (oh the hardship). I have a white one, for I am nontechie and do nothing that would stretch it, and A has the shiny metal one with the wireless thingy.

Welcome to the Apple Collective. And speak to A about wireless networking with Apple. Our network is a mixture of OSs combined and other weird shit, and I cannot speak the techie to help you.