“With its new iMac G5, Apple Computer has once again come up with a unique package of design, power and ease of use. But will it be enough? No. Apple has missed the opportunity to stay way ahead of its PC manufacturing competitors by not including Wi-Fi as standard and by failing to catch the early-adopter personal video recorder wave by including a TV tuner card,” Paul Jackson, senior analyst for Forrester Research, writes for CNET. “Better still would have been a software option to turn this machine into a full Wi-Fi access point: Intel’s Grantsdale chipset already promises this functionality for PC owners. The lack of this connectivity means that Apple has missed an opportunity to build on its AirPort Express foundations and rule the roost in bottom-up networking.”
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MacDailyNews Take: If you want Airport, you can easily add it. Why make everyone pay for it on a desktop unit, when everyone won’t use it? Ditto for Jackson’s TV tuner gripe. As for turning your iMac (or any Mac with an Airport Card) into a Wi-Fi access point, Jackson is wrong, it’s already included by Apple:
Sharing your Internet connection with other computers using AirPort: If you have an AirPort Card installed in your computer and you are connected to the Internet, you can share your Internet connection with other computers.
1. Open System Preferences, click Sharing, and click Internet.
2. Select how you would like to share your Internet connection, then click Start.
If you select “Share your Internet connection with AirPort-equipped computers,” click AirPort Options to give your network a name and password.
If you are sharing your Internet connection with Windows or other wireless clients that require an equivalent network password, you can use an ASCII (quoted) or hexadecimal (hex-escaped) password. For example, you can specify “apple” or “applecomputer” as an ASCII password, and $0102030405 or $010203… (26 hexadecimal digits) as a hexadecimal password.
You can share your Internet connection as long as your computer is connected to the Internet. If your computer goes to sleep or is restarted, or if you lose your Internet connection, you need to restart Internet sharing.