Don't-Miss Networking Stories

Mac IT Guy: the phantom printer

What happens when you disconnect a printer from the network, but one of your Macs still thinks it's there? Also: Connecting Macs to DFS.

Nine ways to transfer files from one Mac to another

If you have two Macs—for instance, a desktop and a laptop—you may often find yourself transferring files between them. You might also need to send files to friends or colleagues, and, in some cases, file size could make this difficult. Here are nine ways to get a file from here to there.

Control AirPort from the keyboard

If you use the menu bar's Airport icon primarily to turn Airport on and off, you can save some space by getting rid of the icon and toggling Airport power with the keyboard or mouse instead.

Mac IT Guy: two routers, one network

If you have two routers on the same network, they may be confusing all the Macs that connect to them; here's how to straight it out. Plus: Best tape backup system for Macs?

Mac IT Guy: Network overload, OS X Server

One reader wants to know how to prevent drop-outs when he's streaming iTunes around the house, another asks about troubleshooting an OS X Server installation.

Five simple ways to speed up your home network

Squeezing the most out performance out of your network is called optimizing, and it isn't very hard, and it doesn't have to be all that expensive.

Mac IT Guy: Access Exchange from home

This week, readers have questions about fully integrating Macs into an Active Directory environment and troubleshooting Exchange e-mail connections from home.

Mac IT Guy: Macs and Active Directory

Connecting Macs to Active Directory on Windows-based servers can be a huge help--and, occasionally, a huge hassle.

Mac IT Guy: printer problems and DFS

What to do when OS X doesn't recognize a network printer. Also: Microsoft's Distributed File System is really cool; unfortunately, it's also inaccessible from a Mac unless you have some special software.

Setting up iPhone tethering

The iPhone can access high-speed mobile data and voice networks. So why not use your smartphone's data connection with your laptop instead of having to buy a separate 3G modem or cellular router for the computer and pay a separate monthly service fee? In this excerpt from Take Control of iPhone and iPod Touch Networking, Glenn Fleishman walks you through the finer points of iPhone tethering.

Mac IT Guy: Old parts, remote connections

This week, two questions, one about where to find replacement parts for an old Mac Pro, the other about connecting to remote Macs over a network.

AirPort and the stubborn cable modem

You try to do a good deed for your mom (and yourself) by purchasing a more powerful wireless router. Yet the cable modem refuses to give up a working IP. Solutions for a stern reset.

Automatically shut off Airport

When you connect an Ethernet cable to your Mac, do you still need Airport? If not, these scripts will turn it off automatically.

Remotely control a MacBook

Apple's hardware remote does owners of late-2009-and-after polycarbonate MacBooks because they lack an IR port. Here are the alternatives.

Moving a Mac mini's AirPort card

Two Mac mini, AirPort card in the wrong one. What to do?