Please bear with my questions which some of you will think are simple. I just discovered this site today, and I need some advice from users who are more up-to-date than I am.
I currently own a G5 desktop running 10.4.11. It has an airport card. I am researching buying the lowest end Mac laptop which has a duo processor and comes with Leopard. I mainly want the laptop to carry on the road with me to be able to check the internet in hotel rooms instead of having to deal with working on a hotel computer in the business room of the hotel.
The laptop says it comes with airport wireless 802.11n. I have been reading reviews today on line of wireless routers, and most of them are much less expensive than the Apple Airport Base Station or Extreme Station. First, are there reliable wireless routers out there which will work just as well with the Macs without spending the money that Apple charges? If so, please recommend one.
Secondly, I receive dsl internet through BellSouth, and if I understand this right, I would plug my connection line from BellSouth straight into a wireless router and then both of the computers would receive the wireless signal. Is that correct? Or would the external modem still be a part of this process?
Thirdly, my husband and I usually stay at Marriott chains -- Fairfield Inn, Courtyards, Spring Hill Suites, and I have been looking at their set-ups in the room. I have seen where a guest just plugs an Ethernet cable into the wall or into something on the desk. I have also seen a note that a guest could secure a card to plug into the computer from the main desk. Will I have any problems with taking the laptop on the road and using it in my room with any of these set-ups?
Finally, I have heard of people who drive by a house or live nearby a house with a wireless connection picking up signals on their computers. Will the router I buy have a firewall to protect from this?
Thank you in advance for all your help and advice.