Apple’s AirPort Extreme is best known as a slick, easy to use wireless router for sharing an internet connection with computers and mobile devices in your home. But like many Apple products, its seemingly nondescript appearance belies its awesome capability. Here are five ways you can get the most from your existing AirPort Extreme – and even your hard drive-equipped Time Capsule or diminutive AirPort Express as well.
When things go awry, especially with Wi-Fi networks, it can be frustrating trying to track down the culprit. Before you start moving appliances and drilling holes into your walls, why not take look at our common issues with networks and how to correct them so you can get back to watching Netflix in the garage.
Anyone that has traveled this past year knows what a drag it can be. Between having to struggle with fed-up inflight staff, TSA pat-down searches, increasingly expensive fares and the threat of terrorist attacks, it’s a wonder why anyone bothers trying to get airborne at all. Thankfully, the folks from OTG Management--an airport catering company that works behind the scenes in terminals across the country--have implemented a few changes to how they do business to make your journey into the wild blue yonder more efficient and ever-so-much more geeky. In an effort to provide the patrons of their airport lounge locations with a restaurant quality dining experience, the company has unveiled a program that will streamline the meal selection process for hundreds of hungry travelers a day, thanks in part to the ingenious use of a built-to-order iPad menu system.
Earlier this year, the Transportation Security Administration relaxed a few of the protocols surrounding the inspection of electronic devices being brought on board of an aircraft. The long and short of it is that if your device is smaller than a "standard sized laptop" there was no longer a need to remove them from your bag when going through a security checkpoint. For travelers who tote an iPad, Kindle or Nook on their journeys, this was very good news. Hey gang, isn't the new 11.6-inch MacBook Air smaller than a standard sized laptop? Game on!
Increasingly, we depend on internet access to run our lives, and when
we have guests over to our house, apartment, or workplace, normally we
either have to open our wireless network or give the guest our network
password. Either way, you open up your wireless network to security
risks. No worries--we’ll show you how to easily setup your own
guest network using either an AirPort Extreme (early 2009 model) or
another brand of router (we’ll use a Netgear).
Controlling a Mac is typically accomplished by sitting by the computer,
mouse and keyboard in hand. But what if you want to access your Mac
from another part of the house? Maybe you need to check on the progress
of an encode without having to walk into your home office. Or you’d
like to help your child understand how to work an application down in
the playroom without leaving the study. Or you’ve just broken your leg
and you wish you didn’t have to move from the sofa to control the Mac
you’ve turned into a media center.