My router decided to crap out. It’s an SMC. It was over $200 when I bought it, back in the mists of time, but a few years later you can pick them up for $30. Mine suddenly decided that it would be a good idea to lock up (a) every time there was an incoming SSH connection, and (b) any time I attempted to log in to change its settings or reboot it.
I have the IBM VPN client working across my home firewall and cable modem connection, without interfering with the Macs. Now I can work at full speed at home, wirelessly from the laptop. Come springtime, I’ll be able to sit on the back porch… I am 31337 h4x0r.
Got an SMC7004AWBR 4-port Wireless Broadband Router. It’s broken. It works, except that there’s no way to get to the main configuration screen. All the other navigator links work; I can set up firewall options, define a DMZ machine, and so on. I just can’t actually tell it my ISP or anything useful like that. I can plug it into my existing router and use it as a wireless access point, or alternatively it’ll do as a doorstop.
My Airport card arrived. Installed it in the G4, which was tougher than I expected. Getting the machine open was easy, though I had to unplug a couple of the cables. It also didn’t take me long to work out that the piece of green PCB attached to the Airport card had to be some kind of extra part for use in other computers (iBooks maybe?) and not something I had to use.