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AirPort 1.1: Maybe It'll Work This Time

Rodney O. Lain - 2000.02.02

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First of all, my thanks to all of you who e-mailed me with your helpful suggestions after I bitched and moaned about my apparently DOA AirPort Base Station.

Secondly, to those of you who are even more rabidly Apple loyal than I am (gasp!), chill out. I did not bash Apple. I love my Mac. It's just that I believe the AirPort shouldn't be so damned difficult to use for such an ease-of-use kinda company.

Thirdly, I still don't have the thing working.

"Fourthly," the AirPort software has been updated to version 1.1. I am downloading it as I type. From what I've read, it now supports third-party AirPort compatible hardware (I've been trying to get it to work with my PowerBook G3 and a WaveLAN PC card for almost a month now - it worked perfectly at Macworld last month).

My fingers are crossed....

I hope to follow up with the good news that I got the fershlugginer thing working....

Woe unto Apple if it doesn't, for I will attempt, in writing, to go medieval and postal if it doesn't :-)

Meanwhile, those of you who are in similar situations, you can go and download the upgrade at Apple's FTP site.

Good luck to you . . . and to me.


- Rodney O'Neal Lain

Rodney O. Lain is The iMac's Associate Editor. A former professor, he lives in St. Paul, MN, where he is a freelance writer and a supervisor at a major US corporation. He enjoys comic books and pencil drawing. He adores Mike Royko, Zora Hurston, Lewis Grizzard, Maya Angelou, John Byrne, bell hooks, Frank Miller and Henry Louis Gates. He also writes for Low End Mac, Applelinks and My Mac Magazine. When no one's looking, he rants and raves on his home page Free Your Mind & Your Behind Will Follow.

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