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Understanding the Airport    
The Airport refers to your wireless internet connection. You need to have wireless internet already set up at home, or be in a location that has wireless internet to utilize the airport. Up on the top right of the menu bar you will see the icon that represents the airport status. Click on the icon to get to the drop down menu, then select turn airport on. Now the airport will scan the area looking for available wireless networks. If you have never logged onto a particular network before your airport will ask you if you want to join the network. If a network has no security password, then all you have to do is click on it and you will be connected. Otherwise, you must type in the password for the network. If you tell the computer to remember the password, then you won’t have to type in the password again. Now that you are connected you will see the bars indicating the strength of the wireless signal, much like a cell phone. 5 bars means you have excellent signal strength so internet browsing should be fast. If you only have a couple bars, then your internet will be very slow or even non-functional. In that case I would suggest physically moving closer to the wireless router to increase signal strength.
 
       
 
         
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