Don't-Miss Networking Stories
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.
Linksys has tried to improve the WRT610N and make it easier for Mac users to work with. But it has not succeeded. All the problems found could be solved through firmware updates to fix obvious bugs, and better packaging and explanation of its software.
Intego's NetBarrier X5 looks like a nice alternative to OS X's built-in firewall. But its tendency to block legitimate network traffic could make it a poor choice for home users.
Teleport is an expensive but full-featured application to view and control other Macs and Windows machines on your network.
Control the screen of networked Macs, Windows, and Linux machines on your iPhone or iPod touch.
Final Cut Server is a client-server-based workflow tool that can potentially help you in three ways: in cataloging and searching assets, especially video-based assets; with version control through check-in and check-out capabilities and approval; and with automation capabilities to convert, copy, and execute scripts.
MobileMe is a rebranded .Mac, but the service offers one stellar feature that may convince new people to subscribe. Some information can now be synchronized among devices as it changes.
The Sierra Wireless Compass 597 is the ultimate cellular data modem combo. The device folds high-speed data access and GPS service into a tiny USB cell modem and pairs it with new Mac OS X software that takes full advantage of the new hardware.
Mac OS X’s built-in firewall works well, but Apple offers very few options for configuration. Hanynet’s NoobProof and WaterRoof are utilities that provide just such customization.
Leech, an add-on for your Web browser, offers powerful features for downloading files.
VPN Tracker 5.2, a versatile tool for those who need more than the standard VPN client, simplifies the creation and management of multiple virtual private network connections.
A useful companion to Mac OS X's built-in firewall, Little Snitch alerts you when programs "phone home" and lets you control outgoing network connections.
DroboShare is a companion product for Data Robotics' Drobo that let you share a Drobo's storage to other computers on the same network. Just as Drobo deftly shields the user from the technical details of RAID, DroboShare aims to keep things simple by eschewing the more complex—but more secure—granular access controls found in traditional Networked Attached Storage products.