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.
“More bars in more places” may be more than just a catchy slogan for AT&T by this time next year, after the company announced Sunday that it’s buying up the only other GSM-based U.S. carrier, T-Mobile USA, for a whopping $39 billion. While many are predicting the death of wireless competition, the real question is: What does this mean for the iPhone?
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.
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.
The latest MacBook Air models exceeded the expectations of many, although there are plenty of folks still pining for a built-in 3G modem to make the tiny notebook a true rival for cheaper netbooks. If a recent Apple survey is any indication, Cupertino might just be paying attention to those wishes.
It seems like everything's got Wi-Fi these days: smartphones, tablets, weather monitors, baby monitors--even children's toys. More than we'd like to admit it, if it weren't for Wi-Fi, we might not know what's going on at all times of the day.
But there are other uses for Wi-Fi than merely surfing the internet. More specifically, Wi-Fi can be used to stream movies, control your Mac and--hey!--get you on the internet when you're in a far away country. This week, we highlighted three free apps that stream movies between your Macs, let you control iTunes or Apple TV with your iOS device and find a Wi-Fi hotspot in Sweden without even connecting to the internet.
What do you do if you're itching to get a new Verizon iPhone, but you aren't near an Apple store, you don't want to order online from Apple, and you don't want to make the trip to your local Verizon store? Starting February 10th, you'll be able to take a stroll to your neighborhood Walmart and pick up the phone, along with some potato chips and a new pair of pants.