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Apple Updates AirPort Wireless Networking

AirPort 2.0 OS X, OS 9 software freely downloadable By Dave Nagel
Today Apple released a new version of its AirPort wireless networking technology, adding several security enhancements and compatibility for America Online 5.0 (U.S. English version). Apple's 802.11b-based line of AirPort products includes the AirPort base station and AirPort networking cards, which have to be installed on each system accessing the wireless network. In addition to hardware enhancements in the new line, Apple has also made version 2.0 of the Airport software available for free download. The software supports Mac OS X natively, as well as OS 9.

The new AirPort allows access for up to 50 users and includes 128-bit encryption and a built-in firewall for added security.

The base station now has two Ethernet ports--a 10Base-T port for connecting to a DSL modem or cable modem and a 10/100Base-T port for connecting the base station to wired local area networks. It also adds a couple of features for the education market, including support for RADIUS central management systems and Cisco's LEAP security method.

AirPort supports speeds of 11 megabits per second at a range of up to 150 feet from the base station. All current Macintosh models and most introduced last year are AirPort-ready. The individual cards run $99, while the base station costs $299. For more information or to download the software, visit

Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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