Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

AirPort Card and AirPort Base Station

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

AirPort Card and AirPort Base Station

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The AirPort Base Station is designed to allow wireless Internet access for up to 10 AirPort-ready Macintosh computers. To use the Base Station, each computer must have an AirPort Card. Only the Base station needs to be hooked up to a network connection. Each computer with an AirPort Card may then access the Internet without individual hook ups. Computers equipped with AirPort Cards can also be linked together to transfer files or play multiplayer games.

AirPort can be enjoyed by any student or adult with Internet access. In a classroom, the AirPort allows the computers to be moved or rearranged as needed without concern for Internet plug-in placements. My classroom consists mainly of physically and/or mentally impaired students. Each year it is necessary for me to rearrange my classroom furniture to best accommodate the wheel-chairs, walkers, and other equipment. The inconvenience of nonexistent or awkwardly placed "drops" is no longer a problem for me. I can also make better use of my large screen monitor by placing it in a centralized location, and still have Internet access for group activities.

At this time, our school campus is undergoing major renovation. Keeping the network intact is a problem all its own. When the dust settles, another teacher and I would like to experiment to see if the Base Station will work from my classroom to hers. If we are successful, she will be afforded the same advantages of furniture rearranging that I have. …

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