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When would I need Airport

932 Views 9 Replies Latest reply: Jan 17, 2008 1:21 PM by zesta RSS
yvonnejim Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
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Jan 17, 2008 8:11 AM
I know Airport capability is not normally included in the new Mac Pro, and I wouldn't need wireless connection as I connect with Ethernet cable. What other applications would make this option worthwhile?
Dual 1.8 G5, Dual 2.66 Intel Mac Pro, 1.5 Powerbook G4, Mac OS X (10.5.1), Tower, Powerbook G4, Intel Mac Pro
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,010 points)
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    Jan 17, 2008 9:04 AM (in response to yvonnejim)
    You would only want the option if you wanted to have a wireless network. If you don't want a wireless network then you wouldn't need an Airport card. Obviously you won't be using a Mac Pro on the road so wireless capability isn't a necessity.
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  • myhighway Level 5 Level 5 (7,270 points)
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    Jan 17, 2008 9:46 AM (in response to yvonnejim)
    Without AirPort, I assume you're also without Bluetooth, so you're not able to use wireless kybd and mouse, other devices. Besides Apple TV, AirPort would be handy if you were to wish to print from a wireless printer, use AirPort Express AirTunes, or use Time Capsule or other future Apple wireless products or developments.
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  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,010 points)
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    Jan 17, 2008 9:54 AM (in response to yvonnejim)
    If you want to set up an Apple TV, use wireless keyboards, SlingBox, etc. you would need an Airport card installed. As I said unless you have a need for wireless you don't need Airport, but if you want any wireless capability then you'll need the Airport card and it would pay to have it installed when you purchase the computer.
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  • myhighway Level 5 Level 5 (7,270 points)
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    Jan 17, 2008 11:20 AM (in response to yvonnejim)
    My error, didn't realize Bluetooth is included without AirPort. Hey, if you know exactly what you're going to need in the future, don't get AirPort if it's not needed. My point is that AirPort with its new "n" specs may become more widespread. Never heard of anyone removing AirPort, only adding it:)
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  • travis27 Calculating status...
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    Jan 17, 2008 12:07 PM (in response to myhighway)
    Good news then! Bluetooth is present without the airport being installed...... and you can use Airtunes without having Airport installed.... well that is to say the MacPro needs to be connected to the network somewhere and then you need a wireless router and an airport express for it to work.
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  • TerryR Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
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    Jan 17, 2008 1:03 PM (in response to yvonnejim)
    Two examples that I take (took) advantage of are:
    1. If I'm upstairs and want to quickly check my email or check something quickly on the internet (and am too lazy to run downstairs), I use my PDA to connect with wifi to my MP's internet connection (the bluetooth just doesn't have the reach to go all the way upstairs)
    2. I used to use the MP as a cheap wireless router for my son's PS3, but the connection was never all that great, so now I use the extra ethernet port for that.
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  • zesta Calculating status...
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    Jan 17, 2008 1:21 PM (in response to TerryR)
    Why don't you just get a cheap router? Connecting your Mac directly to your upstream connection could be a potential security issue in the future. I would always trust a separate router versus the firewall on a complex OS like OS X, and then you wouldn't need to route your PS3 and other things through your main computer.

    -Randy
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