I hate Macs, I hate Macs

I hate Macs, I hate Macs
No one should ask me what I think about Mac’s because I am totally biased against them.  I just finished setting up a wireless lan here at the college.  Standard stuff.  802.11b, 128bit WEP, using channel 5 with an SSID of default.  Once I get shared laptop working with it I tell our ministry arts guy that wifi is setup.  He pulls out his super sleek titantium iBook with built in wireless networking.  We set out to configure this baby.  While we are waiting for something he is showing me a movie he put together with iMovie.  It looked pretty slick.  I was impressed.

When I try to configure his machine and I can’t find anywhere to plug in half of the settings.  Neither can he.  All the complexity (which isn’t that complex) is hidden and I gave up in frustration for now. 

That being said the wireless configuration utility that ships with the  LinkSys Instant Wireless card for Windows PCs is just about as annoying.  The version 3 utility has this wonderful wizard that had no obvious setting for channel.  Ugh.  I moved back to version 2.5 and I was configured in 5 minutes. 

  1. #1 by Dwight Knoll on January 27, 2004 - 5:35 pm

    what were the settings?

  2. #2 by robbymac on January 27, 2004 - 5:39 pm

    Your Mac envy is rivalled only by your deep down desire to be a Winnipegger.

  3. #3 by Randall on January 27, 2004 - 7:07 pm

    I was just going to IM you with this question, but is seems to fit right where you are at.

    I want to set up a home WiFi. The costs seem to range from $80 to $200.

    Why the range? Better features? ??

    What’s a good one to use? Easy, effective, cheap.

  4. #4 by chris on January 27, 2004 - 10:20 pm

    Perhaps your problem was that you were using the non-standard 902.11b instead of the standardized 802.11b protocol.

    Sorry – bad geek joke. Couldn’t resist.

  5. #5 by Brian Mullins on February 2, 2004 - 9:57 pm

    One of the things I like about my iBook G4 with airport extreme card is that I can hook up on almost anyone’s network, so far anyway. We finally got a DSL connection and the first thing I did was hook up an 802.11g router and it couldn’t have gone smoother.

    I haven’t always been a Mac user, but it has been nice not having to worry about finding/installing drivers. Every thing I’ve plugged in has just worked. My new love of Macs is only rivaled by my hatred of my wife’s HP!

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