When it comes to home networking, wireless seems to be the trend. But while one Wi-Fi networking on its own works wonders, you may soon discover that as your neighbors add on their own wireless networks your own Wi-Fi speeds will diminish. This kind of interference can make it difficult to stream video through YouTube and Netflix, or play video games over the internet. Fortunately, there are a few precautionary meaures you can take to avoid this kind of interference. Read on to find out how!
Just because your music and videos are on your Mac or iOS device doesn’t mean it has to be stuck there. Thanks to AirPlay, a feature built into iTunes on the Mac and in many iOS apps, you can use your Apple TV ($99, apple.com) to stream media straight to your TV. The Apple TV connects to your TV with an HDMI cable, and you can optionally connect it to a stereo with an optical audio cable. Or you can use an AirPort Express ($99), which has a 3.5mm audio output, to stream music from your Mac or iOS device to a stereo or powered speakers.
Apple has finally released an AirPort Utility for iOS, enabling users to manage their AirPort routers without having to go through a Mac or PC. The AirPort Utility works on both iPhone and iPad, but it won’t give you access to all functions of your AirPort Extreme or Express like the desktop version of the application. However, if you’re looking for quick AirPort management, look no further than this free application.
iOS 5 ushers in a new “PC-free” era for Apple’s mobile devices, with Cupertino acknowledging that many owners are using their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch without a computer. To aid such users, the company has also released a new AirPort Utility app for setting up and managing their AirPort Extreme or Time Capsule without a computer as well.
Apple quietly refreshed the AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule base stations earlier this summer, and a new report claims they’ll soon cap off the move with an update to the 802.11n model of the AirPort Express, presumably ahead of this fall’s launch of the iCloud service.
When you get broadband, your internet service provider (ISP) normally supplies you with a broadband modem. This, plus your Mac, is the simplest network you can have, and for lots of people, it’s all the network they need. If you have DSL broadband -- the most common kind -- it’s delivered to your house through the phone line. At the phone socket, you plug in a filter that splits the frequency range so that the lower 4KHz is used by voice phone calls and the rest is sent to the modem.
First released as part of iOS 4.2 last November, Apple’s new AirPlay technology is potentially one of the most exciting aspects of owning an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad -- assuming you’re willing to wait just a bit while hardware manufacturers play catch up.
I thought I could stream all of my music from my Mac to my AirPort Express, but I can’t send my Pandora music to it. I’ve looked all over my AirPort Utility settings and my System Preferences, but there’s no way for me to stream Pandora to it. What gives?
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