device which connects a wireless Ethernet
network (typically IEEE 802.11b
, aka AirPort
) to a wired
network. If your wireless-equipped machine (e.g. your laptop) is within range of a base station, you're on the net
(if the base station will talk to you, that is).
(P.S. I can't resist pointing out that I'm typing this on a PowerBook connected to the net via a wireless network and just such a base station...)