There have been plenty of rumors flying around in recent months that the MacBook Pro may soon resemble the MacBook Air, slimming down and losing bulky, traditional hard disk and optical storage. But what if the Pro lineup was simply being absorbed into a larger Air?
It’s tough being an early adopter, such as those of us who jumped on board the Thunderbolt train earlier this year with a new Mac, only to discover there was so very little to plug into that I/O port. Among the many promises of Thunderbolt is a docking station, and Belkin appears poised to please on that front.
Sometimes, your Mac will connect to a janky Wi-Fi network. The connection is slow or you're on the other side of a lead wall and you're getting a really poor signal. When you finally find an Ethernet jack to plug into, you may notice you're still connected to the Wi-Fi network that was giving you problems. This is because your Network Service Order list is out of its proper order to allow the Ethernet to take over when plugged in. Don't fret, we'll show you how to reset the Service Order list on your Mac to ensure that Ethernet takes priority over AirPort.
Networks can be complex. They’re a lot better than they used to be, but they’re still the most complicated part of your Mac. When you send a document to a networked printer, it’s handed down from one protocol to another, broken into chunks, each with their own addressing scheme, until eventually it’s transmitted as radio signals to represent those bits and bytes.
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.
Mobile devices like the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad have made wireless networks as common as public bathrooms, leaving the once-mighty wired Ethernet connection a thing of the past. But there are some very good reasons why you should consider keeping a wired connection, so read on.
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.
When a network problem strikes, it isn’t always immediately obvious. It’s rare to get a clear message on the screen, and it’s easy to imagine that Facebook has simply crashed or a website is temporarily offline. A good first check is to open a new window in Safari and try pointing at google.com. The web requires the least complicated protocols of any of the services that run over the internet, and Google has a nice fast webpage that is always up. The front page itself could be loading from Safari’s internal cache, of course, so test your live connection to the internet by typing something random into the search box to force it to query the server.
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.
It's the worst: you're traveling somewhere with a group of friends and wireless internet access costs an arm and a leg. The last thing each of you want to do is individually fork over $20 a piece for five minutes worth of internet access. Fortunately, there's an easier solution.
Mac OS X has a built-in internet sharing feature that enables you to share the wealth of internet access via an ethernet cable. It's incredibly easy to do. Read on to find out how.