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How to Use FTP to Access MacBook Files

FTP is one of the oldest methods for sharing files between computers; however, because it’s part of the TCP/IP protocol suite, it can be used on many different kinds of computers, including those running [more…]

Use Your MacBook's Built-in Firewall

A firewall watches all the network communications coming into your MacBook. It automatically plays the role of security guard, blocking or denying certain network traffic that you want to prevent from [more…]

Remote Control of Your MacBook

One of the coolest advantages to a network is the ability to take control of one computer from another computer. For example, sometimes you might need to access files on your Mac Pro desktop while you’re [more…]

Basic Wi-Fi: 802.11b on Your MacBook

IEEE 802.11b has another name that you’ll likely see on product advertisements, literature, or boxes in stores: Wi-Fi, which stands for Wireless Fidelity. [more…]

Keep Your Wireless Network Secure

Are you worried about the security of your AirPort wireless network? Imagine someone in the next apartment or house — or standing right in your street — intercepting and monitoring your data from your [more…]

How to Set Up an Ad Hoc Wireless Network in Mac OS X

Using an Ad Hoc network — also called a computer-to-computer network — is a fairly easy thing to accomplish in Mac OS X. Plus, you’re not limited to just Macs: With an Ad Hoc network, you can also swap [more…]

How to Set Up Wireless Networks

After one computer is running a computer-to-computer network or you’ve set up and configured an AirPort/AirPort Express/AirPort Extreme Base Station or Time Capsule, you’re ready to invite other computers [more…]

How to Share the Internet via Your MacBook

Sharing a single Internet connection among all your computers can be a boon simply because of the reduced chances of random acts of violence. (Internet deprivation can be an ugly thing, you know.) Internet [more…]

How to Use Network Address Translation

You must determine one thing before you start your Internet sharing quest: the set of network Internet Protocol (IP) addresses that you’ll use. When talking about IP addresses, the ruling body that tracks [more…]

Use Hardware for Sharing an Internet Connection

Probably the most popular way to share an Internet connection is to buy a hardware device that connects to your Internet connection, which then connects to your LAN. These devices are referred to as [more…]

How to Network with the Terminal and UNIX

Because UNIX isn’t a new phenomenon, it has many useful networking abilities built into it. In fact, UNIX was instrumental in creating much of what you now take for granted: e-mail, the Internet, and the [more…]

How to Share Printers across Your Mac Network

You can share a printer with others on your local network, using Lion’s super-easy Bonjour network sharing feature. (Here, you’re going to share a printer that’s connected directly to your MacBook, like [more…]

MacBook Hardware Requirements for Wireless Networks

Today’s MacBook laptops come complete with a built-in AirPort Extreme wireless card, so if you already have an AirPort Extreme or Express Base Station, you’re set to go. Otherwise, hold on tight. These [more…]

How to Join a Wireless Network on Your MacBook

Thinking of joining a wireless network? The two main types of base stations for your MacBook are Apple and non-Apple (which includes all 802.11n and 802.11g base stations and access points). Here's what [more…]

How to Install a Wired Network on Your MacBook

If you’re installing a wired network, your MacBook Pro (standard display) already comes with most of what you need for joining your new cabled world. You just connect the hardware and configure the connection [more…]

How to Connect to a Network on Your MacBook

All right! Time to connect your MacBook to a network. The hardware is powered up, the cables (if any) are installed and connected, and you have configured Mountain Lion. You’re ready to start [more…]

How to Share Media Across a Network on Your MacBook

Ready to share music, podcasts, and video via a network on your MacBook — legally, mind you — with other folks on your local network? You can offer your digital media to other iTunes users across your [more…]

How to Send Media from Your MacBook to Your iPod, iPhone, and iPad

If you’re cool enough to own an iPod in addition to your MacBook, you’ll be happy to know that iTunes has features for your personal audio and video jukebox as well. [more…]

How to Use iPhoto Photo Stream on Your MacBook

iPhoto includes the Photo Stream feature that automatically shares the photos you take among your Macs, your PCs, and any Apple device running iOS 5.0 or later. [more…]

How to Share Your Movie from a MacBook

Your movie is complete, and iMovie has saved it automatically to your MacBook drive. Now you’re wondering where to go from here. Select your movie in the Event/Project Library pane, and click Share on [more…]

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