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.
As we ponder what kind of goodness is in store for us all with Apple’s new iCloud, a couple of related tidbits have come to light, including the company finally taking control of the iCloud.com domain and some possible hardware refreshes for WWDC.
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 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.
If you’re one of the many who purchased a 2008 model Time Capsule and have had problems with it, Apple has some good news for you: You can now get it repaired or even replaced free of charge, and if you’ve already paid to have it fixed, you could have some money coming back to you.
MobileMe got off to a fairly bad start last year, however in 2009 the service continues to improve, but not without problems. Recently, a new feature present on Time Capsule has encountered issues with the Apple cloud.