Apple has updated its AirPort software, part of its wireless networking/communications solution, to version 1.3. The update adds Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet (PPPoE) and DHCP client ID support. This gives AirPort functionality that may be required by some Internet Service Providers.
Enhancements to Computer-to-Computer mode enable each temporary local network of multiple computers to have a network name, to be easily located in a list of available networks, and to add WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) to the network, according to Apple.
As of AirPort 1.3, scripting ability and sample AppleScripts are now available. For example, scripts can be written to switch network setups between home, work, and offsite locations or to simplify dialing different ISPs for multiple users like mom, dad, and the kids. For education and enterprise customers, access point density adjustments have been provided for better performance in environments with several base stations close to each other, Apple said.
Also, the AirPort Base Station and AirPort Card have been awarded Wi-FiTM certification. Wi-FiTM certification ensures interoperability between various manufacturers’ wireless networking products.
download AirPort 1.3, a 7.4M file, from Apple’s Web site. It requires Mac OS 9.0.4 or higher.