The first thing that you’ll notice about Western Digital’s My Net N900 HD dual-band wireless router is its size. Compared to diminutive hardware like the latest version of Apple’s AirPort Express, the N900 is honking huge. That said, Western Digital doesn’t let an iota of the router’s husky dimensions go to waste.
What comes after N? In the alphabet, that would be O. In the world of Wi-Fi standards, the answer is ac. Buffalo’s AirStation AC1300 N900 dual-band router and AirStation AC1300 N450 dual-band bridge are based on the second revision of the not-yet-final 802.11ac standard, which promises Gigabit Ethernet speeds wirelessly, up to 1300Mbps maximum on the 5GB band and 450Mbps on the 2.4GHz band.
We’ve got quite the Thursday lined up for you in this edition. How does faster Wi-Fi sound? Check! Live television streamed to your iOS device for free? Got it! MobileMe replacement services? Naturally! And there’s oh so much more in store for MacLife.com readers today, so let’s cue the lights and start the show for this Thursday, April 26, 2012.
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 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.
Your Wi-Fi router is the unsung hero in your computer setup. It’s probably the thing you think about the least -- and in many ways it’s the most important link in your electronic chain. After all, your router is what keeps your iMac, MacBook, iPhone, and iPad connected to the internet, not to mention all the other stuff you’ve got sipping bits, like game consoles, TiVo boxes, and internet radios. Apple’s latest AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule are essentially minor updates, but if you’re a Mac user in need of a new router, both are extremely good options.
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.
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.