I just bought a Mac Pro, but I didn’t realize that its default configuration doesn’t include an AirPort Extreme card. How can I get this machine wireless now that I’ve already purchased it?
You can purchase an 802.11n USB wireless adapter and plug it into one of the USB ports of your Mac Pro. Two good options are the MacWireless 11n USB Stick ($89.98, www.macwireless.com) and the AftertheMac 802.11n Wireless Adapter ($89.95, www.afterthemac.com). You can also use these wireless adapters to bring 802.11n wireless speeds to an older Mac that didn’t originally come with 802.11n built into it. Note that you’ll need to install software drivers (provided by the vendors) to enable these USB adapters to work, and these drivers may need to be updated for compatibility with future Mac OS X upgrades.
If you’d rather not deal with installing additional software drivers or taking up an extra USB port on your Mac Pro, your best bet would probably be to bring your Mac Pro into an Apple Retail Store or an Authorized Apple Service Provider, who can install an internal AirPort Extreme Wireless Card Kit (approximately $49.95) for you.
1. Affix a label to your MacBook, marking it as your property. Hard plastic or metal labels are more difficult for thieves to remove without damaging the laptop’s case, which makes reselling your ’book much harder. Stoptheft.com sells serialized metal labels, called STOP plates, for $25.50 that require thieves to go to great lengths to remove—and if they succeed, they’ll discover that the indelible phrase “stolen property” and STOP’s toll-free number are stamped beneath it.
SlappingTurtle Software’s iAlertU is a software-based alarm system for your Mac. When tripped, it blares very loud sound effects that mimic a car alarm. The screen also flashes at regular intervals, simulating a car’s flashing headlights. And you can arm and disarm the software using your Mac’s remote control.
The main portion of Targus’s Defcon 1 Ultra Notebook Computer Security System is a 3-foot covered steel cable that retracts into a plastic alarm housing, and uses a four-digit combination to lock the cable. When engaged, the alarm is sensitive to motion; it also sounds if the cable is cut.