07 Aug 2010 17:42 Filed in: Mac Hardware
As you probably are aware, your speedy, 802.11n WiFi network will be slowed to 802.11g speeds if you have anyone accessing the network using an older Mac or PC that has an 802.11g card. In other words, your network is only as fast as the slowest WiFi card being used on it. If you have nothing but the newest equipment connecting to your network, an 802.11n-only is fine. But if you have any older machines, you should consider a dual band set-up.
The easiest way to run a dual band network is to buy a new AirPort Extreme base station which simultaneous creates both an 802.11n (5 GHz) and an 802.11g (2.4 GHz) network. But if you already have a 5 GHz base station creating an 802.11n network, there is a fast, cheap way to keep that network running at top speed all the time but still allow machines with older gear to get on board when they need to. This post will show you how.
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18 Jul 2010 17:29 Filed in: Mac Hardware
This post describes how to use an Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station together with an Apple AirPort Express to solve a single problem: create wired Ethernet connections to devices that are nowhere near your wired network. There are, of course, other ways to do this such as using your existing home wiring or actually running Ethernet through your house. There are advantages to these methods, but—for now—the Tired Donkey is going to tell you how to use AirPort devices to accomplish this little trick.
Please allow the Tired Donkey to begin by describing the problem he is talking about. Let us say that your DSL or cable modem is in your den. To create an 802.11n (WiFi) network in your house, you have run an
Ethernet cable from the modem to an AirPort Extreme Base Station and configured the base station properly (meaning with appropriate password protection). Perhaps you have a computer or a printer also attached to the base station directly with Ethernet cabling. But now you want to create a wired Ethernet connection to several devices (a Mac Mini, your TiVo, an old Windows computer with no WiFi capability, whatever) on the other side of the house. What to do?
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