At US$299, the Apple AirPort Base Station is the cheapest wireless Access Point that complies with the 802.11b wireless networking standard. It comes with an Ethernet port, a V.90 modem and it includes the WaveLan card. Unfortunately, it only comes with configuration software for the Apple Macintosh Operating System.
FreeBase was written to allow Windows users to configure the Base Station, and to allow replacing the WaveLan card with a 'WaveLan/Orinoco Gold' card so users can have strong encryption.
You're looking at what was once scheduled to be a quick "one week project" .
If you're in a hurry and just want to configure your Base Station:
FreeBase is free software released under the GNU General Public License, and comes with absolutely no warranties of any kind. FreeBase is written in Visual Basic, and the source code is freely available.
Those with a little bit more time might want to:
Here's some links to other pages about the Apple AirPort Base Station
Thanks and acknowledgements (in no particular order):