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Tag Archives: Networking

How to Use Your Mac to Easily Find the Best Wi-Fi Channel [Link]

My wireless network can be flaky at times, probably thanks to interference from other networks and devices. If you have an unreliable wireless connection, it could be because you’re not on the optimal wireless channel for your router and environment. Did you know that your Mac has a built-in tool to find the best wireless channel? The trick involves using the Wireless Diagnostics Utilities app that comes with your Mac.

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Find the Best Channel for Your WiFi Network With WiFi Stumbler

I’ve recently started having issues with my WiFi network, such as dropouts and slowness. One of the first steps I’ve taken to address the problem is to try to determine if I’m getting interference from other networks. To see nearby networks, and what channels they’re using, I’ve found WiFi Stumbler to be valuable.

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Wi-Fi is Radiation Too

According to a Dutch study, our beloved Wi-Fi — the stuff that large populations of the planet now use in their homes, their workplaces, where they shop, where they drink coffee, and pretty much everywhere else they go — may be killing our trees. Or at least contributing to it. The researchers of Wageningen University say that more analysis is required to reach a solid conclusion on the matter, but so far, it looks like the particular radiation that is Wi-Fi is not at all interested in becoming a tree-hugger.

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Blacksheep Protects You From WiFi Hackers – Sort Of

By now, you’ve probably heard of Firesheep, the Firefox plugin that makes it trivial for someone on an unsecured WiFi network to hack user login info for many social networks and email services.  Yesterday, ZScaler Security released BlackSheep, a Firefox plugin to alert you if someone is using Firesheep on your network.  This is promising, but can also lull you into a false sense of security.  Here’s how you can really protect yourself over WiFi.

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Are the Days of Remote Access Software Numbered?

Are we approaching the day where remote access software will be meeting its grim reaper – the cloud?  A few months ago, we compared LogMeIn and Teamviewer, two popular choices for accessing your PC when away from home or the office.  How often do you need to access your PC remotely, though?  Now that we now live in a cloud-based world, where we let third parties manage our data, how will consumer remote access products survive?

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How to Extend the Range of Your Wireless Network Using a Spare Router as a Wireless Access Point

If your wireless router doesn’t give you the coverage that you need, or if you want to broadcast your Wireless N and Wireless G signals from different devices for speed purposes, then you should consider setting up a wireless access point.  You may not need to purchase additional hardware, as a spare wireless router sitting around your house may do the trick.

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