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How to Decide Whether to Join Apple’s MobileMe

You may be wondering whether you should pay the $99 a year for an individual membership or $149 for a Family Pack subscription for Apple’s MobileMe service, previously called .Mac, which in turn was iTools [more…]

How to Set Up MobileMe on Your Mac

If you’ve already set up an iPhone or iPod Touch to work with MobileMe on your Mac, you’re ahead of the game. If this is the first time you’re setting up a Mac with a MobileMe account, follow these instructions [more…]

Accessing Your Mac Desktop while Traveling with MobileMe

If you’re away from home and using a Mac laptop and you want to retrieve a file from the hard drive of your Mac at home, you're in luck — if you're a MobileMe member. You can exploit Back to My Mac, a [more…]

How to Test Your Mac Network

After you’ve set up your Mac wireless network and all your equipment, you need to make sure that everything works as it should. Fortunately, testing your AirPort network is as easy as opening Safari and [more…]

How to Set Up a Wired Network for Your Macs

When you install a network, or connect multiple computers, two or more interconnected Macs can share files, data, music, printers, an Internet connection, and other resources. If the Macs you intend to [more…]

How to Create a Local Network to Connect Two Macs

All recent Macs have an Ethernet port, as do many PCs and many printers and other devices, including the Apple TV. All you need to connect two such computers is an Ethernet cable, which is inexpensive. [more…]

How to Move Files by Networking a PC to a Mac

Even if you plan to keep using your PC after you purchase your Mac, you’ll want to move your files to the Mac just to have another backup. If your PC has an Ethernet port or WiFi wireless connection, you [more…]

How to Fix WiFi Interference Problems

Because radio bands are shared with other users, interference from other radio signals can affect your Mac’s WiFi’s performance. Unfortunately, if you do get interference, you are usually on your own. [more…]

How to Set Up Your Mac’s Router

If you want to connect more than two Macs and hook them all up to the Internet, you need to set up an Ethernet router. You use a special Ethernet jack to connect the router to your high-speed Internet [more…]

How to Configure Your Mac’s Router

Your router sits on your network like any other computer. Most routers — Apple’s AirPort Express is an exception — put up their own Web site on your local network that you access with any Web browser, [more…]

How to Make Your Mac a WiFi Access Point

If you have a WiFi-equipped Mac connected to the Internet by a wired Ethernet connection or even a dialup modem, you can turn that Mac into a WiFi access point and share the connection with other WiFi-equipped [more…]

How to Set Up a Mac WiFi Network with No Base Station

Most of the heavy lifting needed to set up a WiFi network takes place at the access point or base station. But if you just want to network with a bunch of other WiFi-equipped computers, you don’t need [more…]

How to Set Up Bluetooth on Your Mac

Bluetooth is a wireless technology that you can use to connect a keyboard and mouse to your Mac. While WiFi connects the computers and other devices within a home or place of business to create a local-area [more…]

How to Network Your Mac Using FireWire, .Mac, and Sneakernet

Ethernet, WiFi, and Bluetooth are the main ways to network Macs, but you can use a few other methods to network your Mac, including FireWire, FireWire disk mode, .Mac, and Sneakernet. [more…]

Three Ways to Secure Your Mac Snow Leopard Wireless Network

Are you worried about the security of the AirPort wireless network on your Mac OS X Snow Leopard? You should be. Imagine someone in the next apartment or house intercepting and monitoring your data from [more…]

What Do You Need to Share Your Mac's Internet Connection

Sharing a single Internet connection among all your computers can be a boon. Mac Snow Leopard makes sharing one connection for multiple computers easy. To share an Internet connection, you need a few things [more…]

What Hardware Do You Need to Share your Mac's Internet Connection?

Probably the most popular way to share an Internet connection on your Mac OS X Snow Leopard is to buy a cable/DSL router, which is a hardware device that connects to your Internet connection, which then [more…]

How to Set Up a Hardware Internet Share in Mac OS X Snow Leopard

If you want to set up a shared Internet connect with hardware, you have to collect your modem, cables and router. Not only does using a dedicated piece of hardware free one of the Macs on your network [more…]

How to Set Up Your Mac OS X Snow Leopard Wired Network

After you collect the hardware components you need — the computers, cables, switch, and NIC card — to physically create a wired network with your Mac, you’re ready to connect computers and create a network [more…]

Software Applications for Your Mac Snow Leopard Network

After you have the hardware in place for your Mac Snow Leopard network, and you’ve chosen and configured a protocol to allow the computers to all talk to one another, you need software to make use of your [more…]

How to Verify Your Snow Leopard’s Network Connectivity

After you have your Macs connected and your TCP/IP configuration is done, check to make sure that everything is working. After you have at least two computers on your network, each with a TCP/IP address [more…]

How to Troubleshoot Your Snow Leopard Network

After you set up a network on your Mac Snow Leopard, it rarely malfunctions, but if you do have problems with the network, it is either a hardware or a software problem. Begin troubleshooting your network [more…]

How to Troubleshoot Snow Leopard Network Configuration Problems

If you have a problem with the network you configured on Mac OS X Snow Leopard, check the hardware and then look for problems in the network settings. When using TCP/IP on your network, look for these [more…]

How to Share Mac Files with Windows Computers

Even if you run Mac OS X Snow Leopard, you can include Windows computers on your network. Sharing files with a Windows PC is very similar to sharing files with other Mac users. File sharing must be enabled [more…]

How Access File Shares on Windows Computers from Your Mac

If you allow a Windows PC to access your Snow Leopard files, you’ll also probably want to putter around with files on a Windows PC. Accessing files on Windows computers relies on the Samba component [more…]


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