Don't-Miss Networking Stories
DoorStop X Security Suite is a collection of three tools designed to leverage your Mac’s built-in firewall, help you understand how others are trying to access your computer, and to help you understand how to keep your Mac secure.
ShareTool lets you securely share, over the Internet, all the services on a particular computer, as well as all the services that computer can reach on its local network.
With the significant price cut, new features, and improvements to existing features, Mac OS X 10.6 Server is a solid product. For an all or mostly-Mac network, this isn’t an "if" upgrade, but a "when," especially if you have iPhone users clamoring for push services.
ScreenSharingMenulet gives you an easy-access menu for initiating Screen Sharing connections.
If you occasionally want to access your home Mac from afar, whether it be to reach shared files, access a Web server, check in on a Web cam, or any other such purpose, Port Map is a free solution that can make the process simpler.
Increasingly, the airwaves around us are a jungle of competing wireless signals. Koingo Software’s AirRadar not only helps cut through the clutter, but also provides useful information about your wireless signal of choice.
WakeOnLan lets you wake your sleeping desktop Mac from your laptop.
Apple's latest Time Capsules are what any good networking and backup devices should be: easy to set up, manage, and forget about. If you're replacing an older base station and want to use Time Machine to back up multiple Macs, the new Time Capsule is well worth it.
The 2009 version of the AirPort Extreme Base Station packs in a ton of features, as well as speed, into a small, reasonably priced package. If you’re looking to replace your current Wi-Fi router, you can’t go wrong with the AirPort Extreme. If you’re running a small business, the new guest network feature alone might be worth the $179 price tag.
RemoteTap lets you remotely control a Mac using your iPhone or iPod touch on a wireless network. It also works over the 3G network, but you’ll need to take extra precautions to keep your data safe.
Do you frequently access FTP or SFTP servers? ExpanDrive integrates FTP/SFTP access into the Finder.
The Powerline Network Adapter may not be the most price-effective way to extend a home network, but in homes where there’s a lot of Wi-Fi interference, or where there’s a long distance between your router and a desired area for Internet access, power line networking can be effective.
So what if you want to post an iWeb web site but don't want to pay $100 for MobileMe? This free utility does what its name says: it makes it easy to upload your iWeb site to any server.