NO WIRES: How the Apple Airport Changed Everything


“No wires." This simple phrase from Steve Jobs during Apple Airport’s debut in 1999 contained more than a decade of history behind it. Follow along as we chart the perilous and unbelievable journey of wireless networking, and hear from the people that were there during it all.

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00:00 — Leap of faith
00:47 — Beginnings
02:29 — NCR
07:03 — The next decade
08:52 — 802.11b
11:28 — Apple
26:22 — Recreating the past
29:08 — Credits

Huge thanks to:

Bruce, Les, and Doug for their time and candidness!

Computer History Museum for letting us use a portion of their Art Astrin interview conducted back in 2015. Check it out at


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