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    Question Macbook - Wireless Internet Connection?

    Ok guys this is noobs daft early morning question to kick off the day.

    My plan was to get a new iMac at the end of October, but my current laptop has started to give me grief, so I think I'll be dipping my toe into the Apple's cool waters a little earlier that originally thought.

    I'm in the market for a laptop for home use (i.e mainly based in the kitchen or lounge room) and I originally had my eye on a referb MacBook 2.4Ghz.

    Anyway, my daft question relates to connecting the MacBook to the internet. While I can see that it has an ethernet connection, how do I go about connecting it wirelessly?

    I currently have a Belkin 4 port wireless router which is currently hard wired (ethernet) to my PC, and wirelessly to my laptop (via the wireless card in the PCMCIA slot).

    I've no doubt that I'm being daft, but having looked at the connections it doesn't appear clear as to how I would wirelessly connect it to the internet (using my wireless 4 port router)

    Any and all help much appreciated.


    Ta muchly.

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    it has wifi built in

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    im assuming the macbooks, are like the air, where its built in and when you search for networks, it will just pick up your network, you dont do anything but search, and add in code to access your network, if its locked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by macrich View Post
    it has wifi built in
    Bugger! Really? How did I miss that on the website?:o

    Thanks for the info - I guess I need to get more sleep.

    Presumably then it should be able to play nice with my Belkin 4 port router then?

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    It will play beautifully & seamlessly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by macrob View Post
    Bugger! Really? How did I miss that on the website?:o
    It's on the front page of the MacBook website, as well as a special page on its own.





    Sources:
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    Apple - MacBook - Wireless

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    Well no wonder I missed it, its so SMALL! :o

    I now realise why I was such a silly bugger - for some random reason I have been checking out the info on the 'store' section of the Apple website, instead of the main info pages (where all the above information is beautifully displayed in all its large and technicolour splendour!)

    Thankyou to all those how replied - you were all very kind, and I appreciated that none of you tore me a new one for asking what must have seemed a rediculous question.

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    I know this has already been answered, but I just have to put in my two cents worth please.

    Because this can also be titled "The moment I fell in love..."

    You see, for better or worse, I'm a Windows person. (Yes, and my favourite is the whip with the leather strands, yeah yeah...)
    OK, some months ago I got my daughter a Macbook for school (recorded in this amazingly generous forum elsewhere)

    So we unpack it and set it up, turn it on.
    Now I get ready for what I call the Standard Windows Rat-Maze Program:

    do for i=random() times
    start at "Click on wireless icon in System Tray"
    move through maze guided by onscreen instructions
    if dead end reached, exit for next iteration
    if i>25 run to toilet and throw up in rage and frustration
    if i>50 delete all wireless adapters/protocols/drivers, reload
    if i>75 reformat hard drive, reload windows
    if i>100 upgrade everything, move to smaller house
    if i>500 call local "Assisted Suicide" helpline
    end do

    ...so we've just turned the mac on....
    lights flash for about 10 seconds.
    then, in what I can only describe as an urbane and calm manner, it says
    "ummm...i've found a wireless network...have you a key for me...?"....."ah, thanks"

    5 seconds later....we're on the Internet, we can see the home network, we're feeding the cat, etc.

    now...that's the moment I fell in love....

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    I'd hold out on getting a MacBook until the end of September if you can. Chances are VERY high they'll be upgraded sometime in September, likely including a case upgrade to Aluminium.

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    I'm holding out for a similar reason. MacBookPro5,1.

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    So we unpack it and set it up, turn it on.
    Now I get ready for what I call the Standard Windows Rat-Maze Program:

    do for i=random() times
    start at "Click on wireless icon in System Tray"
    move through maze guided by onscreen instructions
    if dead end reached, exit for next iteration
    if i>25 run to toilet and throw up in rage and frustration
    if i>50 delete all wireless adapters/protocols/drivers, reload
    if i>75 reformat hard drive, reload windows
    if i>100 upgrade everything, move to smaller house
    if i>500 call local "Assisted Suicide" helpline
    end do

    ...so we've just turned the mac on....
    lights flash for about 10 seconds.
    then, in what I can only describe as an urbane and calm manner, it says
    "ummm...i've found a wireless network...have you a key for me...?"....."ah, thanks"

    5 seconds later....we're on the Internet, we can see the home network, we're feeding the cat, etc.
    Funny post, especially
    if i>75 reformat hard drive, reload windows
    if i>100 upgrade everything, move to smaller house

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    Quote Originally Posted by Huy View Post
    I'm holding out for a similar reason. MacBookPro5,1.
    im holding out for a G5 Macbook
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    Quote Originally Posted by NeoRicen View Post
    I'd hold out on getting a MacBook until the end of September if you can. Chances are VERY high they'll be upgraded sometime in September, likely including a case upgrade to Aluminium.
    Thanks for the headsup NeoRicen, I'd seen the rumor posts. Unfortunately I think my laptop PC must have as well, as its started to play up even more! (general freezing, random resets and the good old blue screen of death.)

    Although on other days (like right now) it appears to be behaving itself

    I think I'll see if we can hold out until end of Sept. and see what comes out (if anything - Apple do like to keep people guessing don't they?).

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    oh this post has made me feel so much better.

    I'm in the process of getting a macbook Pro and I was worried that I'd have to do something extra to have it work on my home wireless connection.
    Being a PC person I was worried I'd have to buy extra things and it would cost the earth, I think now that I've read this topic I can rest easy.
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    I two are looking into getting a macbook pro. Even though i have i wireless network at home i am looking into getting a airport express bass station.

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