Don't-Miss Networking Stories

Windows and AirPort's Equivalent Network Password

Windows wants your AirPort base station's key code. Here's how to find it.

Close the ports

While OS X has long included basic firewall software, Leopard introduced some significant changes to it, leaving many Leopard users confused as to how to keep their Macs secure. But though the firewall interface in Mac OS X 10.5 is indeed quite different from that in earlier versions of the OS, it’s still relatively easy to use.

The portable hotspot

If you travel with colleagues for business trips, or if your multiple-Mac family brings its laptops on vacation, getting Internet access for everyone can be an exercise in configuration frustration. There is an alternative: a cellular router.

Improving AirPort's range

While Wi-Fi signals are supposed to reach 150 feet in any direction from a gateway, that optimistic number is rarely reached indoors.

Troubleshooting AirPort Interference

Imagine a large room full of loud people. Voices bounce off the walls, making it impossible to follow any one conversation. That’s something like what happens to wireless networks: there are all sorts of other electronic devices out there using the same wireless spectrum, and your AirPort hardware can have a hard time distinguishing one transmitter from another.

Laptop gems

Here are some favorite pieces of low-cost software specifically designed for—or just especially handy for—use on a laptop.

New AirPort, old network

Apple’s new AirPort Extreme Base Station, based on the still-in-progress IEEE 802.11n standard, can wirelessly transmit more than 90 megabits per second (Mbps) of data.

Redirect domain names

Registering more than one domain name to point to a single Web site isn’t unusual. Nor is it strange to host a Web page at an ISP or community site and want a subdomain to bring people directly to what’s often a long and hard-to-remember URL. Redirection is the answer.

Eight ways to go green

An energy-efficient office is good for the planet—and your wallet

How do spam busters work?

Built-in and add-on spam busters—programs designed to work with your e-mail program to eliminate spam—go about determining what is and isn’t spam in a variety of ways.

Three for the road

If you travel with any regularity, chances are you have your favorite tricks for making each trip go as smoothly as possible. Here are a few more techniques to add to your repertoire, from three of our mobile Mac experts.

Mac OS X Hints - May 2007

This month Rob Griffiths offers tips on how to put your Mac to sleep from afar, get a handle on fonts, send long URLs via e-mail, merge two iCal calendars, quickly hide Mail’s preview pane and decode Mail’s folder colors.

No-stress remote access

When you’re at the office or on the road, it can be handy to have remote access to your home Mac—so you can retrieve a forgotten file, start a large download, or perform some other task.