Don't-Miss Networking Stories

How to surf safely with a VPN-for-hire

If you regularly use public networks--such as those in airports or coffeeshops--to access the Net, you should know that your data is at risk. You should also know that private, commercial VPN services are available that will keep your data safe.

Remotely transfer iPhoto images to iPhone

You're on the road and you need some images in your Mac's iPhoto library on your iPhone, tout suite. Chris Breen explains how to do it.

Cure for a nagging AirPort Utility

So, AirPort Utility pops up on its own to bug you about an unwanted firmware update? Chris Breen explains how to nix the nag.

About routers, hubs, and switches

If you found an Internet-capable gadget under your tree this year, it may be time to learn what does what in a local network.

Bugs & Fixes: Bridge over troubled modem

Are you a Comcast Internet customer? If so, Ted Landau has this bit of advice: If you don't want Comcast's Voice feature, avoid getting their Gateway devices. In fact, avoid their cable modems as well. Buy your own.

How to stay connected in unconnected places

Traveling for the holidays? There have never been more options for acquiring high-speed Internet access, whether you're staying at your old family home or a hotel.

Determine which base station you're connected to on a bridged network

Setting up a bridged network can be pretty straightforward. Figuring out which base station you're connected to a bit more complicated--until you learn the trick.

Using Apple's mobile AirPort Utility

Included in the crush of software releases out of Cupertino last week was a mobile version of the utility for managing your AirPort wireless network and base station. Glenn Fleishman takes you on a guided tour of AirPort Utility for iOS, showing you how to use the mobile app.

When Base Stations and iPhones disagree

What do you do when your iOS device suddenly refuses to connect to your wireless router? Reset settings and cock a stern eye at your router, says Chris Breen.

Keep your Mac safe from Web security flaws

This year has seen numerous security breaches at the root infrastructure of Web privacy and security. How can regular users protect themselves? Glenn Fleishman has some expert suggestions.

Use AirDrop on any Mac with Lion

When Apple announced the new AirDrop file-sharing technology in Lion, it said only some Macs could use it. But one Hints reader found a workaround that lets it work on any Mac with Lion and a network connection.

Monitor Wi-Fi with Lion's hidden tool

Did you know that Lion includes a small utility for monitoring several aspects of your network's Wi-Fi traffic?

How AirDrop makes file-sharing simple

Lion's AirDrop feature makes sharing files between computers as simple as drag-and-drop. Here's what's going on behind the scenes to make that magic happens.