Every Monday, we'll show you how to do something new and simple with Apple's built-in command line application. You don't need any fancy software, or a knowledge of coding to do any of these. All you need is a keyboard to type 'em out!
If you spend any time working in the command line, particularly using SSH to log into remote computers, then you may be wondering how you can easily find the IP address of the current machine you're on. While you certainly could just look up the IP address in the System Preferences Network pane, looking this information up in the Terminal looks cooler and is quite a bit faster. Continue reading and we'll show you how it's done.
The Kanex mySpot is a small, portable wireless router that can transform any Ethernet connection into a wireless Internet hotspot for up to 16 devices simultaneously. It's a breeze to use, but we did find a few issues...
The Mac|Life 101 series is where you can come to learn new and simple ways to do things with Apple’s desktop and mobile operating systems. Whether you’re new to the platform, or just want to learn a new technique, then MacLife 101 is for you.
Whether you’re traveling, or in a situation where you need to use your iPad or iPhone where there is little or no Wi-Fi, there’s a solution, and it involves your Mac. With almost all Macs shipping in the past 10 years, you can instantly create a Wi-Fi or ethernet network by simply turning on a few switches in System Preferences. This is great for those times when you need a Wi-Fi or ethernet connection and don’t have access to a router.
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.
Apple has changed the sidebar in Mac OS X Lion so that the devices and local/external disk drives are at the bottom of the list. Some Mac faithful may not necessarily appreciate these changes, however. While Apple has not included a way to move these items back to the top of the Finder sidebar, there is a way to get some of the items at the top for easy access.
Don’t say we didn’t warn you: Apple appears to planning the imminent release of new AirPort Extreme Base Station and Time Capsule models, with confirmation coming from none other than the FCC. Anyone in the market for some new networking products?
One of the things many of us expected to be the surprise “one more thing” at the WWDC 2011 keynote was the introduction of new AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule units, perhaps with some sort of iCloud integration. While they still haven’t been announced, this week’s AirPort Utility update appears to have outed them.
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.
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.