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WHAT\'S THE ABSOLUTE MINIMUM REQUIREMENT FOR WIRELESS ACCESS ON A MAC?

An older laptop and a cheap PCMCIAPARAMECIA, PECKISH, PUCKISH, PYGMIES, PAJAMA, PYJAMA, CAMACHO, PYGMY, PIGGISH, PIGMY'S, PYGMY'S, POCKMARK, PARKMAN, PAJAMAS, PYJAMAS, PAJAMA'S, PYJAMA'S card. EbooksBooks, Book's, Bocks, Ebro's, Evokes, Oiks, Ebonics, OKs, Beaks, Becks, Berks, Bookies, Oboes, Bork's, Biogs, Overbooks, Yearbooks, Eb's, Bogs, Ebbs, Eeks, Egos, Oaks, Elks, Embarks, Ebony's, Borgs, Burks, Eba's, Eco's, Ibo's, Backs, Barks, Bog's, Bogus, Bucks, Ego's, Oik's, Biko's, Bioko's, ABC's, Beck's, Berk's, Bk's, Beak's, Oboe's, Ebba's, Eggo's, Egor's, EBay's, Birk's, Reebok's, Yearbook's, Oak's, Booker's, Bookie's, Elk's, Borg's, Buck's, Burk's, Eyck's, Back's, Bark's, Bogy's and Newtons also have
PCMCIAPARAMECIA, PECKISH, PUCKISH, PYGMIES, PAJAMA, PYJAMA, CAMACHO, PYGMY, PIGGISH, PIGMY'S, PYGMY'S, POCKMARK, PARKMAN, PAJAMAS, PYJAMAS, PAJAMA'S, PYJAMA'S WiFiWife, Fifi, Wini [1] drivers available.

The minumumminimum, minimums, minim, minimum's I've ever heard of being successful as a CLIENT node is a
PowerbookPower book, Power-book, Powerboat, Passbook, Playbook, Paperback, Paperbark 540 [2], System 7.5.3, an Orinoco or co-branded PCMCIAPARAMECIA, PECKISH, PUCKISH, PYGMIES, PAJAMA, PYJAMA, CAMACHO, PYGMY, PIGGISH, PIGMY'S, PYGMY'S, POCKMARK, PARKMAN, PAJAMAS, PYJAMAS, PAJAMA'S, PYJAMA'S card,
and the Orinoco drivers.

Note this 1994 laptop isn't even a PowerPCPower PC, Power-PC, Power, Powers, Power's, Powered, Poetic, Poker, Twerp, Powerful, Powering, Powell, Twerps, Polemic, Twerp's, Powell's [3] (33 mHzMHz, Hz, kHz 68LC040 CPU),
usually has dead batteries and not enough RAM, and is excruciatingly
slow. PCMCIAPARAMECIA, PECKISH, PUCKISH, PYGMIES, PAJAMA, PYJAMA, CAMACHO, PYGMY, PIGGISH, PIGMY'S, PYGMY'S, POCKMARK, PARKMAN, PAJAMAS, PYJAMAS, PAJAMA'S, PYJAMA'S slots were optional. The 190 series [4] is of the same
era, and had slots as standard.

A more realistic minimum is the PowerbookPower book, Power-book, Powerboat, Passbook, Playbook, Paperback, Paperbark 5300 [5], a 100 mHzMHz, Hz, kHz PPCPCP, PC, PP, PAC, PIC, PFC, PRC, PVC, UPC, PPS, PPM, PPR
machine with slots as standard, and still available for next to
nothing. It will also run versions of the MacOSMac OS, Mac-OS, Marcos, Macs, Mac's, Macks, Macao's, Marco's, Macons, Macros, Mack's, Marc's, Marcus, Markos, McCoys, Macaws, Majors, Mucosa, Mucous, Mags, Mics, Maces, Machs, Macon, Tacos, MEGOs, Mag's, Magus, Marks, Mic's, Makes, Micks, Mocks, Mucks, Mucus, Macro's, Myca's, Mica's, Magi's, Magoo's, Mao's, Margo's, Macon's, Mace's, Mach's, Macy's, Major's, Mano's, Mayo's, McCoy's, Paco's, Waco's, Macaw's, Taco's, Maje's, Marj's, Mark's, Mick's, Muck's [6] up to 9.1,
compared to the '040 machines which are stuck with 8.1 or lower.

Any of the more recent PowerbooksPower books, Power-books, Powerboats, Powerboat's, Passbooks, Playbooks, Paperbacks, Paperbarks, Passbook's, Playbook's, Paperback's, Paperbark's or iBooksbooks, book's, Ibo's, bocks, Bioko's, ibis, oiks, OKs, biogs, bookies, oboes, Bork's, Biko's, bogs, irks, oaks, oboe's, bog's, oik's, Birk's, Bk's, bijou's, oak's, Booker's, bookie's [7] should be fine.

With Ethernet or LocaltalkLocal talk, Local-talk, Backtalk, Locality, Leafstalk, Smalltalk, Localed, Localities, Locality's, Catalog (printer cable) networking and the right
software, these machines can act as bridges to the rest of your fixed
network.

So to summarise:

HOST MACHINE:

One of:

* Laptop with a PCMCIA, CardbusCard bus, Card-bus, Cards, Caribous, Card's, Caribs, Carobs, Carders, Cardies, Carib's, Carboys, Carob's, Crabs, Cardenas, Cardin's, Cabs, Cads, Caribou's, Cadres, Crab's, Cad's, Cab's, Carts, Cords, Curbs, Curds, Garbs, Cadre's, Cribs, Carder's, Carboy's, Cart's, Cord's, Darb's, Gard's, Jard's, Curb's, Curd's, Garb's, Cadets, Crib's, Carding's, Cardozo, Cordi's, Cordy's, Gardy's, Caddies, Caddy's, Carters, Caleb's, Catawba's, Corby's, Darby's, Jareb's, Jarib's, Cabby's, Crabbe's, Cadet's, Cordey's, Garbo's, Cadiz's, Cardiff's, Cardozo's, Carter's, Cordie's, Gardie's, Caddie's or internal Airport slot.
* Desktop with PCIPIC, CPI, CI, PI, PC, PSI, PCS, PEI, POI, SCI, MCI, XCI, PCB, PCP, PCT, PHI slots, an Airport slot.

* Note many PCIPIC, CPI, CI, PI, PC, PSI, PCS, PEI, POI, SCI, MCI, XCI, PCB, PCP, PCT, PHI and PCIPIC, CPI, CI, PI, PC, PSI, PCS, PEI, POI, SCI, MCI, XCI, PCB, PCP, PCT, PHI Cradle solutions are not supported with G3
machines. See Apple [8] page.

* Any machine with USBSUB, USN, SB, US, USA, USO, USS, USE, USU, USP or Ethernet using an external wireless
adapter/AP.

SUPPORTED WIRELESS ADAPTER OR AP
_(Note: Must have Mac driver software available, although some
rebrandedre branded, re-branded, branded, rebounded, brandied, Rembrandt, regraded, remanded, unbranded, reprinted, Brande, banded, randed, Brandt, Brandea, Brander, braided, brander, rebated cards can use drivers from their chipsetchip set, chip-set, chirpiest, cheapest, chips, chicest, choppiest, chipped, hippest, chaplet, chest, hipster, Chip's, chip's, chirps, chops, Christ, chiefest, chillest, choicest, chaste, sharpest, shiest, ripest, chirped, chaps, ships, ship's cohorts, with
occasional hackage)_

One of:

* PCMCIA, CardbusCard bus, Card-bus, Cards, Caribous, Card's, Caribs, Carobs, Carders, Cardies, Carib's, Carboys, Carob's, Crabs, Cardenas, Cardin's, Cabs, Cads, Caribou's, Cadres, Crab's, Cad's, Cab's, Carts, Cords, Curbs, Curds, Garbs, Cadre's, Cribs, Carder's, Carboy's, Cart's, Cord's, Darb's, Gard's, Jard's, Curb's, Curd's, Garb's, Cadets, Crib's, Carding's, Cardozo, Cordi's, Cordy's, Gardy's, Caddies, Caddy's, Carters, Caleb's, Catawba's, Corby's, Darby's, Jareb's, Jarib's, Cabby's, Crabbe's, Cadet's, Cordey's, Garbo's, Cadiz's, Cardiff's, Cardozo's, Carter's, Cordie's, Gardie's, Caddie's or Airport card
* PCIPIC, CPI, CI, PI, PC, PSI, PCS, PEI, POI, SCI, MCI, XCI, PCB, PCP, PCT, PHI card
* PCIPIC, CPI, CI, PI, PC, PSI, PCS, PEI, POI, SCI, MCI, XCI, PCB, PCP, PCT, PHI cradle with PCMCIA/Carbus card

* See note above about G3 issues

* USBSUB, USN, SB, US, USA, USO, USS, USE, USU, USP wireless adapter or Ethernet to wireless bridge
* Free-standing base station, AP or router

OPERATING SYSTEM AND DRIVERS:

Officially, MacOSMac OS, Mac-OS, Marcos, Macs, Mac's, Macks, Macao's, Marco's, Macons, Macros, Mack's, Marc's, Marcus, Markos, McCoys, Macaws, Majors, Mucosa, Mucous, Mags, Mics, Maces, Machs, Macon, Tacos, MEGOs, Mag's, Magus, Marks, Mic's, Makes, Micks, Mocks, Mucks, Mucus, Macro's, Myca's, Mica's, Magi's, Magoo's, Mao's, Margo's, Macon's, Mace's, Mach's, Macy's, Major's, Mano's, Mayo's, McCoy's, Paco's, Waco's, Macaw's, Taco's, Maje's, Marj's, Mark's, Mick's, Muck's [9] 8.6 is the minimum for the Airport drivers.
This means a PPCPCP, PC, PP, PAC, PIC, PFC, PRC, PVC, UPC, PPS, PPM, PPR machine, as 8.1 was the last release to run on 68k
hardware. There are Orinoco drivers available for System 7.5.3.

For a ROUTING node, you're probably looking at some Unix [10] flavour
or other [11], or MacOSMac OS, Mac-OS, Marcos, Macs, Mac's, Macks, Macao's, Marco's, Macons, Macros, Mack's, Marc's, Marcus, Markos, McCoys, Macaws, Majors, Mucosa, Mucous, Mags, Mics, Maces, Machs, Macon, Tacos, MEGOs, Mag's, Magus, Marks, Mic's, Makes, Micks, Mocks, Mucks, Mucus, Macro's, Myca's, Mica's, Magi's, Magoo's, Mao's, Margo's, Macon's, Mace's, Mach's, Macy's, Major's, Mano's, Mayo's, McCoy's, Paco's, Waco's, Macaw's, Taco's, Maje's, Marj's, Mark's, Mick's, Muck's [12] X. The minimum machine I've heard of
there is the 6360/Debian/Ricoh cradle/Orinoco Silver card system that
ZogZoe, Zoo, Gog, Rog, Bog, Cog, Dog, Fog, Hog, Jog, Log, Tog, Wog [13] put together.

OS X capable G3 machines can be had on eBay for around $120-$150
desktop or twice that for a PowerbookPower book, Power-book, Powerboat, Passbook, Playbook, Paperback, Paperbark or iBook. These machines also
have the great advantage of using standard PC RAM and IDE/ATA hard
drives, although some of the older machines like the 6360 can also use
IDEODE, IDEA, DIE, ID, IDEM, IDES, IDLE, AIDE, DE, IE, ADE, EDE, IDA, GIDE, RIDE, TIDE, BIDE, HIDE, SIDE, WIDE, IDS, ICE, IKE, IVE, IRE, I'D, ID'S, I'VE drives.

AIRPORT VS PCMCIAPARAMECIA, PECKISH, PUCKISH, PYGMIES, PAJAMA, PYJAMA, CAMACHO, PYGMY, PIGGISH, PIGMY'S, PYGMY'S, POCKMARK, PARKMAN, PAJAMAS, PYJAMAS, PAJAMA'S, PYJAMA'S SLOTS

Airport cards, and the card in the Airport base station, are made by
Lucent/Agere for Apple, and are internally identical to their Orinoco
Silver cards.

Note however that you cannot use an Airport card in a PCMCIAPARAMECIA, PECKISH, PUCKISH, PYGMIES, PAJAMA, PYJAMA, CAMACHO, PYGMY, PIGGISH, PIGMY'S, PYGMY'S, POCKMARK, PARKMAN, PAJAMAS, PYJAMAS, PAJAMA'S, PYJAMA'S slot,
nor vice versa, because the slots are physically different. Airport
drivers are _supposed_ to recognise LucentLu cent, Lu-cent, Lucien, Lent, Cent, Laurent, Lucinda, Scent, Linet, Lucine, Lucina, Ascent, Decent, Docent, Lament, Latent, Recent, Linnet, Lynnet, Lento, Lint, Lucienne, Lucien's, Lancet, Lucita, Lucite, Melicent, Milicent, Lend, Lest, Lust, Placenta, Sent, Lucine's Orinoco cards and their
re-branded clones (Enterasys, Cabletron), and vice versa, but one
member has reported a failure to recognise.

COMMENTS:

RyanMRyann, Ryan, Ryan's, Ryon, Ryun, Ryann's, Ryon's, Ryun's [14] I've installed an AvayaAva ya, Ava-ya, Avatar, Ava, Ava's, Anya, Avila, Aviva, Avail, Aviary, Arvy, Ayah, AV, Av, Av's, Avery, Aves, Avis, Avian, Ovary, Ave, Eva, Evy, Iva, Ivy, Aye, Ova, Avg, Ave's, Avivah, Eva's, Evania, Iva's, Aliyah, Ova's, Arvy's, Avie, Evey, Faye, Ivar, Afar, Aver, Avow, Amye, Avon, Evan, Evvy, Evyn, Ivan, Avid, Oval, Avior, Evy's, Ivy's card into a 17" imac, worked
perfectly, apart from it being a struggle to plug the external antenna
socket.
OS X.2 recognised it as an airport card, and upgraded the firmware
automatically. It also works in a PowermacPower mac, Power-mac, Potomac, Polemic, Powers, Power, Power's, Powerboat, Powered, Perm, Poem, Powerful, Powering, Poker G4.

Further information and links on the Apple [15] page

Links:
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[1] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?WiFi
[2] http://www.lowendmac.com/pb/540.shtml
[3] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?PowerPC
[4] http://www.lowendmac.com/pb/190.shtml
[5] http://www.lowendmac.com/pb2/5300.shtml
[6] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?MacOS
[7] http://www.lowendmac.com/powerbooks.html
[8] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?Apple
[9] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?MacOS
[10] http://www.eskimo.com/%7Epristine/unix.html
[11] http://web.espy.org/apple-flavored-unix/
[12] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?MacOS
[13] http://zog.net.au
[14] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?RyanM
[15] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?Apple

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