If you’ve mapped a network drive or server to your Windows PC via its IP address, you may see a warning message when attempting to transfer files from the network location to your local drives: “these files might be harmful to your computer.” Here’s how to prevent this warning for networked devices you trust.
Your Mac creates hidden .DS_Store files whenever it browses to a new directory. These files store handy metadata and layout information, but if you’re using a network drive shared with Windows users, these files may not be so hidden. Here’s how to stop your Mac from creating .DS_Store files on network drives.
Your PC’s IP address is the unique set of digits that identify and distinguish it on your local network. Knowing your PC’s local IP address lets you configure and connect to shared folders, use remote desktop, and set up handy router-side configuration options. Here’s how to find your IP address in Windows.
If your Mac is having trouble staying connected to a Wi-Fi network or with getting good speeds, then you could try turning Wi-Fi off and back on. Or disconnecting from the network. Or having your Mac forget the network entirely before you configure the connection again. In today’s article, we’ll go over a bunch of ways to disentangle yourself from any network you’ve joined, whether you’re doing it for troubleshooting purposes or just because you don’t want to use a particular Wi-Fi hotspot anymore!
Most users never need to worry about their device’s MAC address, but if you need to connect to a secure network, limit the connectivity of your own home network, or simply troubleshoot a network problem, you’ll need to find your device’s MAC address. Here’s how to find the MAC address on the iPhone and iPad.
Your Mac can connect to a variety of network interfaces, but most users only use a single interface at a time. Here’s how to manage your network service priority when you connect to multiple networks simultaneously, such as Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth.
It’s easy to connect to a network drive in OS X on demand, but if there’s a particular network drive or volume that you use frequently, you may want to have it mount automatically every time you boot your Mac or log in to your user account. Here’s how to do it.
Windows HomeGroup is a feature in Windows 7 and 8 that lets consumers and small businesses easily set up ad hoc networks to share documents and media between computers. But if you don’t want to use HomeGroup, the feature merely takes up space and resources. Here’s how to disable HomeGroup with a quick trip to the Windows Services utility.
There are many advanced tools for checking and measuring network bandwidth, but if you simply want to check the speed of the connection between your Mac and a NAS or networked drive, a quick and easy to use utility called AJA System Test can help.
Apple introduced 802.11ac Wi-Fi to the Mac last year, but you needed to buy a new Mac to enjoy the standard’s improved speed and features. Now any recent Mac can connect to an 802.11ac network with the BearExtender Turbo, an external USB Wi-Fi device. Read on for our full review and benchmarks.