Apple AirPort Base Station Hardware
A guided tour
This is the outside of the Base Station. The sticker on the bottom lists the unit serial number, and the MAC addresses on Ethernet and WaveLan interfaces. Not visible on this picture of the bottom is a small hole (off the top right in the picture). Sticking a paperclip through this hole actuates the reset-button.
This is what you see if you open it up by taking out the three screws on the bottom. If you choose an enlarged version, you'll see numbers on the picture on the right. They indicate:
Base to go
This is what I have dubbed a "Base to go". I have one Base Station which I use when I travel around, and I used some gaffertape to tape the modem board with the RJ-11 to the unit. Since the Ethernet and power filtering is probably only there to meet some backward country's approval requirements, I left them off. The connectors plug right in, and everything is suddenly much smaller and more convenient than the big UFO.
Opening the inner box
If you then remove the WaveLan card and take off the little snaps around the outside edge of the box, you can open it up. Be careful not to damage the flimsy wire that goes to the phone-board.
This is the top of the motherboard that lies inside. The numbers on the picture indicate:
Bottom of the motherboard, with and without the modem card. Notice that the protective plastic has a dutch modem approval sticker on it (even though ths unit was purchased in Germany). This is the real reason for European unity folks: devices are getting too small for all the approval stickers. The picture on the right isn't in focus, but it shows a 32 pin chip on the silk screen that wasn't soldered on, as well as the connector (40 pins) that connects the modem. The processor is some sort of 486 clone. I remember us looking at the motherboard in greater detail, but can't really remember much of the analysis.
The picture on the left shows the top of the modem, still on the motherboard, but with the insulating plastic covering removed. The picture on the right shows the bottom of the modem after it has been removed from the motherboard. The 40 pin connector is in plain view. Over SNMP, the unit reports that this modem is a "V.90 Modem: APPLE VERSION 0004". I'd like to know more about this modem and its command set, the 40 pin connector and anything else that's known about it.
And yes: it all went back together again.