Configuring Your Access Point

When you've got your Wi-Fi access point connected to your cable or DSL modem, plugged in, and turned on (as explained in “Plugging in the Hardware,” the next steps are to configure your access point and the computers in your network (sometimes but not necessarily in that order!).

Of course, you should follow the directions provided by the manufacturer of your access point device. In this chapter, I'll show you—as good illustrative examples of how to get up and running with a Wi-Fi access point—how to configure a Linksys Wireless-Broadband Router and an AirPort Extreme Base Station.

I picked these two (which are also featured in Chapter 13) because

  • The Linksys unit is fairly typical of a quality but inexpensive 802.11b ...

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