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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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