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Authored by: Morgoth on Oct 28, '02 12:02:42AM

I actually went cheap and decided to use my G4 as the base station. This is very easy to achieve: just get an Airport Card and set up sharing in System Preferences->Sharing->Internet. Unfortunately, it is equally easy for anyone in range of my signal to obtain a connection (any 802.11b WiFi device that can be configured using DHCP can get it).

Some notes of joy about Airport networks and Jaguar:
- Internet Sharing allows you to choose the sharing interface and create named networks with encryption
- USB printers are easily shared and automatically appear on connected computers
- Connected Jaguar computers can sub-share the connection providing a mesh network (very useful for offices with sparse layouts)

Some not-so-joyful notes:
- Apple really needs to enhance the Firewall configuration GUI. It only allows port blocking when MAC and IP based connection limiting are also extremely important.
- connected computers can only print to shared USB printers with default options
- Signal is generally weak and cannot pass through chimneys
- Actual bandwidth is nowhere near 11Mbits even without encryption (with Wallstreet Powerbook directly beside G4 I was only getting ~100KBytes/s over AFP)

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