9th November 2012
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Apple have completely revamped the Airport Utility used to setup and configure their Airport devices. Now at version 6, it sports a completely new graphical interface and "hides" much of the complexity of configuring and managing a WiFi network.
In this episode, Todd Olthoff explores the new user interface and shows you how to dig in to find the information you need, and how to setup and extend your WiFi network.
If you're unfamiliar with some of the basic principles and terminology used, Todd takes you through the various configuration screens and explains all!
This full tutorial includes sections on:
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|Hardware Considerations||[2m 44s]|
|Airport Utility Interface Overview||[1m 50s]|
|Basic Device Information||[5m 17s]|
|Configuration Window - Basestation||[2m 29s]|
|Configuration Window - Internet Tab||[2m 14s]|
|Configuration Window - Wireless Tab||[4m 53s]|
|Configuration Window - Network Tab||[2m 10s]|
|DHCP Reservations||[2m 12s]|
|Port Forwarding||[3m 2s]|
|Configuration Window - Disks Tab||[48s]|
|Extending a Wireless Network||[2m 23s]|
Time for a Mac Montage show this week, and Todd Olthoff takes us through three Menu Bar utilities.
DeskConnect for Mac: A handy way to share files and more via your Macs and iOS devices either locally or remotely.
Trickster: Access recent files and more.
Menu Mate: Access your application menus with just a quick keyboard shortcut.
A brand new version of 1Password is now available for the Mac - 1Password 4
Acknowledged as one of (if not the) leading password managers, 1Password 4 is a complete re-imagining of the popular Password Manager. 1Password makes it simple to create and manage secure, unique passwords for all your apps and webservices, yet access them all via a single, strong, secure master password.
As well as improvements and enhancements to the standard features, the latest version includes some brand new features such as a new 1Password mini app, sharable 1Password Vaults and iCloud syncing.
With iOS 7 now launched, thoughts turn to OSX Mavericks, due out in a month or two. The upgrade process for a Mac is very different than for an iOS device, with potentially a lot more data at stake.
So my recommendation would be to get a bootable backup strategy in place and start thinking about cleaning up your Mac.
So this show runs through two applications that will help you do just that - Carbon Copy Cloner & Clean My Mac 2
Time for a Mac Montage show this week, with three separate topics:
Securing Your Apple ID - Part 2 - Completing the process of securing your Apple ID using 2-factor verification.
Post Haste - A great free utility to create complex folder structures over and over again for project work.
Soulver - Stop loading up your spreadhseet to do simple calculations - Soulver is a numeric scratchpad that can handle text and numbers. Just enter the calcualtion as you would say it and Soulver does the rest.
You're at your local coffee shop using their free WiFi. Just how secure are you? Not very secure as it turns out!
You need to use a VPN or Virtual Private Network to create a secure "tunnel" out of the free wifi zone, to prevent anyone being able to snoop on your data locally.
This week, Todd Olthoff takes a look at Cloak for Mac, an inexpensive VPN client for your Mac. The iOS version is covered in this week's iOS show. Cloak creates a secure connection between you and the Cloak servers to secure your data. As an added bonus, the built in "Cloak Transporter" service allows you to mimic being connected in other countries, ideal for when you're away from home yet want to access geolocation specific services.
One of my most used applications this week - ChronoSync. ChronoSync is an application I use daily to backup and synchronise my data between my Macs, my Drobo and my Synology NAS server. Highly configurable and customisable, it's really simple to set up synchronisation documents to undertake a variety of tasks. Once created, simply use ChronoSyncs built in scheduler to automate the process.
I also take a look at ChronoAgent, optional software you can install on your Mac targets to give you even more control and flexibility.
Econ Technologies have just released a new app for the iPad - InterConneX - that allows you to utilise ChronoSync and ChronoAgent to sync or access files between your Mac and your iPad, or even iPad to iPad. I take a brief look at this in this week's Mac show but explore further in this week's iOS show.
Without being overly dramatic, recent events have shown that your private data may not be as private as you think. Storing any unencrypted data or emails on remote services may eventually be accessed and read by official and unofficial prying eyes.
The tutorial takes you through the simple process of installing the Open Sourced GPGTools including GPG Mail 2. Its much simpler to setup than you might think, and once setup, signing and encrypting email is as easy as clicking a button.
Even if you don't intend to encrypt all your emails, the tutorial shows you how to get your own public and private keys, so other people can send you signed and encrypted emails and files.
Using Airport Utility 6 tutorial is also available to watch in Issue 5 of the ScreenCastsOnline Monthly
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