I’ve got a Mac desktop computer that’s hooked up to DSL, and a Mac laptop. If I shoot when traveling, I backup to a small firewire drive, and then plug that drive into the desktop when I get home to move the files over. I’ve thought about getting a Macintosh base station to create a wireless network. This would allow me to use the laptop to get online from any room in the house, and share files between the laptop and desktop.
The Airport Base Station is a white orb that costs $200. The other Mac option is to use an Airport Express Base Station ($129), but this would also require buying an Airport Extreme Card for my desktop computer (the laptop has one already). Either way you slice it, it’s about $200. The Airport Express would allow me to do fancy stuff like using my computer to play music over my stereo. A cool idea, but right now extra time on the computer does not interest me.
I talked to a friend who has been networking Macs for awhile, and he recommended a less expensive option. The Linksys WRT54G Wireless Router is $49.99 from Amazon and ships for free. The WRT54G lets you share a DSL connection, move files between computers, includes a four port 10/100 switch, and uses 128 bit encryption. We’ll see how it works after I set it up over Thanksgiving weekend. Stay tuned.