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HELP: Anyone knows about a W-LAN "modem" like Apple's AirPort Extreme
Posted by Arne Hess - on Monday, 08.12.03 - 19:54:49 CET under 09 - Thoughts - Viewed 6862x
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For Christmas (and no - I'm not telling you here today for whom ;-)) I'm looking for a solution to get a Wi-Fi enabled Notebook connected to a Wi-Fi enabled Modem like Apples AirPort Extreme. However, I don't need IEEE 802.11g but IEEE 802.11b would be good enough and also I'm looking for something cheaper!
Anyone of you heard about such a router/modem combination others the AirPort Extreme?

Otherwise I have to go with a Bluetooth solution like this one from Typhoon where I have to add a separate Bluetooth Dongle to the Notebook because it includes Wi-Fi but not Bluetooth:

Typhoon Bluetooth 56K Wireless Modem Kit
Combining the versatile functions of Bluetooth with the conveniences of a Modem, Typhoon is proud to present the new Bluetooth Modem. Whether you are in the hotel or at the conveniences of your own home, Typhoon's Bluetooth Modem lets you to get on to the cyber world wirelessly, anywhere with access to a telephone jack.

The Bluetooth 56k Wireless Modem Kit is a 56 K modem equipped with Bluetooth function. It provides a standard V.90 Modem for WAN communication and access to Internet. The modem had got a whopping 100 meters range, making your web connection freer and hassle-free. Included is a USB Bluetooth adapter/ dongle which makes installation easy, you can dial up to access the network via this device wirelessly. Bluetooth technology brings you more freedom and mobility; it allows you to mobilize your PC within the effective range of this Bluetooth modem. The Modem also has a serial interface for serial connection to your PC for standard serial modem setup.

I mean basically that's also not bad (except the Notebook requires the additional Bluetooth adapter) so anyone has any experiences with that too?

Anyway - I need an easy to use and workable solution to connect a Notebook wireless with a analogue phone line - recommendations and solutions are most welcome!

Cheers ~ Arne


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Posted by Steven -fyiguy- Hughes on 09.12.03 - 18:43:21


Orinoco, now Proxim used to have a product called a Residential Gateway(RG1000 or RG1100 are the model numbers) that has both a 56k modem and an Ethernet port built in and allows sharing of that connection to the internet over WiFi. A friend of mine bought one of these for me when he worked for Lucent at a discount price when they first came out (I think it was 1999) and it is still working today, I don't know if it can be upgraded to support G (I don't think so since  A or G based cards are CardBus cards, because of inherent limitations on PC Card transfer rates,  and it also requires a different interface as well as different voltage levels than the PC Card slot found in the Orinoco) by just swapping out the WiFi card inside of it, also it would require some flashing of drivers if it is possible. I believe you can still find them on the net or Ebay between $60 and $200.

If you are running it straight from a MAC Jon Sevy( has developed a Java based RG-1XXX configurator and Paul Naro( has built an OS X application package using the same developed code  so you can do everything that you can with the Windows based software on a MAC based system.

Hope this is what you were looking for...


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