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Chapter 3. Install Wireless Clients > Mac AirPort Extreme

Mac AirPort Extreme

AirPort (for 802.11b) and AirPort Extreme (for 802.11b/g/n or 802.11a/b/g/n) are WLAN configuration utilities from Apple. The utility allows the creation of network profiles, association to detected networks, and advanced configuration and troubleshooting. The wireless card can be disabled or enabled from the utility main window. The utility automatically attempts to join detected networks (trying the preferred profiles first) and offers to connect to the available networks if no preferred SSID is in range. On the left of the screen, the available network connections (wired and wireless) are displayed, and the connection status of the WLAN adapter can be displayed, along with the signal level.

You can connect to a detected network by clicking the network name, and then clicking the join button and answering the questions relevant to the SSID security credentials when applicable. You also can create a new profile by clicking the + button instead of clicking a detected network name. You can then choose the Create Network option to create a new ad-hoc network, or Join Other Network to create a new infrastructure profile. After you enter the SSID name, you can choose the security type, and then enter the parameters relevant to the security type you chose.


  

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