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One option is an Airport basestation
Authored by: sjonke on May 18, '01 12:53:36PM

You can use an Airport Base Station to share a cable-modem, not to mention wireless networking of your computers. Not the cheapest option, certainly, but If you happen to have a portable or plan to get one (how 'bout that new iBook?) you will be loving life if you get a base station. I recently got an (older) iBook and tried out an airport base station and card with it at home (for me, just over a dial-up connection.) It is, to say the least, extremely nice. It would be even better with a cable-modem. It was painful to have to take the base station back to work. :( Eventually I'll get my own for home. Yes, it works great with OS X, however, to set it up you will want to boot into OS 9. There are some 3rd party tools to do it on X, but Apple's OS 9 tools are much easier to use.

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Contact your provider
Authored by: milney on May 18, '01 01:11:27PM

I don't know about your cable provider, but I can contact mine and give them a number of MAC addresses should I wish to use more than one computer!

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One option is an Airport basestation
Authored by: paulio on May 23, '01 06:34:45PM

I can confirm that an Airport base station will route with AT&T @home cable as well as with PacBell DSL.

The interesting thing is that the Airport has only one Ethernet port. I once thought that this kind or routing needed two ethernet ports, one for the internal network and one for the external cable/DSL modem. Apparently, only one ethernet port is required.

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Not if your ISP doesn't allow routers
Authored by: raf on May 24, '01 01:05:24AM

One of the reasons MAC addresses exist is to allow network verification. Some ISPs don't want you sharing your high speed access with everyone else in your dorm (what a shocker) or entire apartmet building, so they won't allow routers on their network. The Airport base station is a router. If you have such an ISP, then an Airport base station wont help you. Your ISP simply won't let the Airport base station on the network, since it's not the MAC of one of the network cards they've approved (when you sign up, or add a new computer by calling their tech support).

What you want is a *software* base station. Use one mac equipped with an airport card as a software base station. This machine will be the always-on router. The other machines with airport will be effectively invisible to your ISP (all their requests will look like they're coming from the software base station machine).

If you want to use cabling instead of airport, then you need second ethernet card in your router mac, and a product like IP NetRouter to do the routing.

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