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Take Control of Your 802.11n AirPort Network, 2nd Edition

Book Description

Find real-world advice from Wi-Fi wizard Glenn Fleishman on setting up a wireless network using Apple's 802.11n-enabled AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and Time Capsule base stations, with full information about getting the most from simultaneous dual-band networking. You'll find the answers to questions that otherwise may frustrate you, such as how to choose the best band and channel for your network, use pre-802.11n clients without hurting performance, set up complex Internet addressing, share USB disks and printers, use Lion's AirDrop, secure your network, solve a variety of connection problems, and much, much more.

"This Take Control book is a must-have for anyone who needs to quickly and easily set up an AirPort network." —Phil Kearney, "father" of Apple's AirPort product line

Table of Contents

  1. Read Me First
    1. Updates and More
    2. Who Needs This Book
    3. What’s New in Lion and in This Edition
    4. Basics
  2. Introduction
  3. Quick Start to AirPort Networking
  4. Quick Troubleshooting Guide
    1. Reset a Locked-up Base Station
    2. Other Troubleshooting
  5. Mac Wi-Fi Iconography
  6. Light Reading
  7. Learn Wireless Basics
    1. Adapters and Access Points
    2. The Spectrum Part of Wi-Fi
    3. Wi-Fi and AirPort Flavors
  8. Apple and Mac Wi-Fi Gear
    1. 802.11n and Apple’s Choices
    2. AirPort Base Station Models
    3. Adapters in Macs and iOS Devices
  9. Plug In Your Base Station and Get Started
    1. Unpack and Power Up
    2. Launch AirPort Utility and Keep Up to Date
    3. Decide on Your Next Step
    4. Connect to Your Base Station
    5. First Steps in Setup
  10. Set Up a Network
    1. Get Started
    2. New Network, Single Base Station
    3. Extend a Network via Ethernet
    4. Replace an Existing Base Station
    5. Extend a Network via Wi-Fi
    6. Create Separately Named 2.4 and 5 GHz Networks
  11. Determine the Band, Channel, and Location
    1. Spectrum Trade-offs
    2. Pick Compatibility and Optionally Set a Channel
    3. Pick the Right Place
  12. Advanced Networking
    1. Get a WAN Address
    2. Hand Out LAN Addresses
  13. Connect Your Devices
    1. Connect in Lion
    2. Connect in iOS
    3. Connect in Windows 7
  14. AirPort Express Extras
    1. Stream Audio with AirPlay
    2. Share with Airfoil
    3. Connect to Any Base Station
  15. Connect Multiple Base Stations
    1. Know the Basics
    2. Add Access Points via Ethernet
    3. Bridge Wirelessly
  16. Reach Your Network Remotely
    1. Know Your Options
    2. Map Ports for Remote Access
    3. Punch Through with NAT-PMP
    4. Set a Default Host for Full Access
    5. Access a Base Station via MobileMe
  17. Set Up a Shared USB Printer
    1. Add a Printer
    2. Rename and Widely Share a USB Printer
    3. Add a Shared Printer in Mac OS X
    4. Add a Shared Printer in Windows
    5. Troubleshoot an Unavailable Shared USB Printer
  18. Set Up a Shared USB Disk
    1. Prepare Your Drive
    2. View and Manage Connected Volumes
    3. Work with Time Capsule
    4. Grant Access
    5. Gain Access
  19. AirDrop
    1. What Makes AirDrop Tick
    2. Transfer Files with AirDrop
  20. Secure Your Network
    1. Simple Tricks That Don’t Work
    2. Use Built-in Encryption
    3. Set Up Guest Networking
  21. Overcome Interference
    1. Eliminate Conflicting Signals
    2. Set Interference Robustness
  22. Explore the Internet’s Future with IPv6
    1. IPv6 Background
    2. IPv4 and IPv6 Tunneling
    3. Configure IPv6 in 802.11n Routers
  23. Appendix A:
  24. Appendix B: AirPort Utility Extras
    1. Create and Manage Profiles
    2. Export and Import Configuration Profiles
    3. Connect Remotely
    4. Revert to Older Firmware
    5. AirPort Pane
    6. Advanced Pane
  25. Appendix C: Setting Up a Software Base Station
    1. Software Base Station
    2. Ad Hoc Networking
  26. Appendix D: Channels Explained
    1. 2.4 GHz Channels
    2. 5 GHz Channels
  27. Appendix E: What and Where Is a MAC Address?
  28. Key Glossary Terms
  29. About This Book
    1. Ebook Extras
    2. About the Author
    3. Author’s Acknowledgments
    4. About the Publisher
  30. Copyright and Fine Print
  31. Featured Titles