Windows classifies your network connections as either public or private, with certain features and security measures exclusive to each. However, sometimes your network connection may be incorrectly assigned, leading to security vulnerabilities or the inability to access some features. Here’s how to check your Windows 10 network profile and change it if necessary.
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!
Your iPhone or iPad will automatically reconnect to old networks once they’re in range. This can be handy for trusted networks like those at home or the office, but just because you connected to a public Wi-Fi hotspot once doesn’t mean that you want to automatically connect again in the future. Here’s how to tell your iPhone to “forget” these unwanted Wi-Fi networks and stop reconnecting on its own.
Wi-Fi Assist is an interesting new feature in iOS 9 that aims to prevent connectivity issues by automatically switching to a cellular data connection when a user’s Wi-Fi signal gets too weak. While this will be helpful and appreciated my the majority of users, there are some cases where Wi-Fi Assist will do more harm than good. Here’s why you may want to disable Wi-Fi Assist and how you can do it.
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.
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.
Wi-Fi speeds may soon easily surpass consumer-level wired networking, according to wireless manufacturer Quantenna Communications. The company this week unveiled plans to release a new Wi-Fi chipset in 2015 that can reach a theoretical maximum of 10 gigabits per second, nearly eight times faster than the maximum theoretical speed offered by current 802.11ac Wi-Fi implementations.
Windows 8, like its predecessor, uses broad “location” categories to help users configure appropriate network settings. When users first connect to a network on their PC, they can choose to categorize the connection as either “Home,” “Work,” or “Public,” with each choice increasing the default security and limiting sharing options. “Home” and “Work” are considered “private” connections while “Public” is, as its name suggests, considered a “public” connection. These categories can be very helpful for quickly configuring PCs on new…
When Apple released its 2013 updates to the AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule Wi-Fi routers in June, the company added support for the latest and fastest wireless standard, 802.11ac. Our first look at the 802.11ac AirPort Extreme showed very promising performance, with speeds nearing 550 megabits per second in some scenarios, a result that was nearly five times faster than the preceding 802.11n standard. But Apple was not the first to the next-gen Wi-Fi game. Although 802.11ac won’t be finalized…
Update: In addition to the AirPort Extreme tests, below, we now also have performance benchmarks comparing the AirPort to other 802.11ac-class routers from Belkin, Netgear, and Linksys. After our initial AirPort Extreme and MacBook Air demonstrated hardware problems, we waited several days to obtain replacements, which have finally arrived. While we still have much more planned in terms of reviewing the new AirPort Extreme, we wanted to get you some preliminary bandwidth numbers as quickly as possible, so here are our…