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Take Control of Your 802.11n AirPort Network

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Find real-world advice from Wi-Fi wizard Glenn Fleishman on setting up the 802.11n models of Apple's AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and Time Capsule, with full information about the simultaneous dual-band models introduced in early 2009. You'll get help with all the special networking details, such as how to set the best band and channel for your network, use pre-802.11n base stations and clients without hurting performance, set up complex Internet addressing, share USB disks and printers, solve a variety of problems, and much, much more. Updated for Snow Leopard!

Table of Contents

  1. Take Control of Your 802.11n AirPort Network
    1. Read Me First
      1. Updates
      2. Who Needs This Book
      3. What's New in Version 1.6
      4. What's New in Version 1.5
      5. Earlier Editions
      6. Basics
    2. Introduction
    3. 1. Quick Start to AirPort Networking
    4. 2. Quick Troubleshooting Guide
      1. Reset a Locked-up Base Station
      2. Printer Problems
      3. Other Troubleshooting
    5. 3. AirPort Iconography
    6. 4. Light Reading
    7. 5. Key Glossary Terms
    8. 6. Learn Wireless Basics
      1. Access Points and Adapters
      2. The Spectrum Part of Wi-Fi
      3. Wi-Fi and AirPort Flavors
        1. 802.11n Details
          1. 802.11n Technology
          2. Not Yet Finished
        2. Compatibility among 802.11 Flavors
    9. 7. Apple and Mac Wi-Fi Gear
      1. 802.11n and Apple's Choices
      2. AirPort Base Station Models
        1. AirPort Extreme Base Station
        2. Time Capsule
        3. AirPort Express
      3. Adapters in Macs
        1. Third-Party Adapters
          1. Sonnet Technologies
          2. Newer Technology
          3. QuickerTek
          4. Edimax via Other World Computing
    10. 8. Plug In Your Base Station and Get Started
      1. Unpack and Power Up
      2. Know Your AirPort Software
      3. Launch AirPort Utility and Keep Up to Date
      4. Decide on Your Next Step
      5. Connect to Your Base Station
      6. First Steps in Setup
    11. 9. 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
    12. 10. Determine the Band, Channel, and Location
      1. Spectrum Trade-offs
        1. Throughput
        2. Compatibility
        3. Channels
          1. 2.4 GHz
          2. 5 GHz
      2. Pick Compatibility and Optionally Set a Channel
        1. Set the Radio Mode
        2. Set the Channel
      3. Pick the Right Place
        1. General Testing Advice
        2. Testing from Base Station to Client
        3. Testing from Client to Base Station
          1. Use the AirPort Menu
          2. Monitor 2.4 GHz with iStumbler
          3. Run a Spectrum Analyzer
    13. 11. Advanced Networking
      1. Get a WAN Address
        1. Dynamic Addressing
          1. Log In via PPPoE over Broadband DSL
          2. Deal with MAC-Address-Restricted Cable Broadband
        2. Static Addressing
      2. Hand Out LAN Addresses
        1. Dynamic Private Addresses
          1. Set Up the Base Station
          2. Set Up Client Computers
          3. Refine Base Station DHCP Settings
          4. DHCP View
          5. NAT View
        2. Dynamic Public Addresses
        3. Reserved Addresses
        4. Passthrough and Bridging
    14. 12. Connect Your Computers
      1. Connect in Both Leopards
        1. Discovery
        2. Connect
          1. Connect to a Named Network
          2. Enter an Encryption Key (WPA/WPA2 Personal, WEP)
          3. Connect to a Simplified Secured Network with WPS
          4. Connect to a Closed (Hidden) Network
        3. Manage Network Profiles
        4. Connection Refinements
        5. Learn from the AirPort Menu
      2. Connect in Tiger
        1. Discovery
        2. Manage Profiles
        3. Advanced Connection Options
      3. Connect in Windows XP
        1. Discovery and Connecting
        2. Advanced Connection Options
        3. Preferred Network Profiles (WPA/WPA2)
      4. Connect in Windows Vista
        1. Discovery
        2. Connect
        3. Manage Profiles
    15. 13. AirPort Express Extras
      1. AirPort Express and AirTunes
        1. Set Up Music Features in AirPort Utility
        2. Play Music with iTunes
      2. Share with Airfoil
      3. Connect to Any Base Station
    16. 14. Connect Multiple Base Stations
      1. Know the Basics
      2. Add Access Points via Ethernet
        1. Set Up a Main Wired Base Station
        2. Set Up Additional Wired Base Stations
      3. Bridge Wirelessly
        1. How It Works
        2. Distribute Wirelessly
          1. Configure Dynamic WDS
          2. Configure Static WDS
    17. 15. Mix 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz 802.11n Networks
      1. Know the Goal
      2. Set Up Your 2.4 GHz Base Station
      3. Configure Your 5 GHz Base Station
      4. Put Printers in the Right Place
    18. 16. Reach Your Network Remotely
      1. Know Your Options
      2. Map Ports for Remote Access
        1. NAT Maps Private to Public Connections
        2. Port Mapping Maps Public to Private Connections
          1. Set a Reserved Address
          2. Set Base-Station-to-Computer Port Mapping for a Web Server
          3. Running a Web server in Leopard or Snow Leopard
          4. Running a Web server in Tiger
          5. Running a Web Server in Windows XP and Vista
          6. Configure a Base Station to Pass Through to the Web Server
          7. Set Base-Station-to-Computer Port Mapping for Other Ports
      3. Punch Through with NAT-PMP
      4. Set a Default Host for Full Access
      5. Access a Base Station via MobileMe
    19. 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 10.5–10.6
      4. Add a Shared Printer in 10.2–10.4
      5. Add a Shared Printer in Windows
        1. Add a Shared Printer in Windows XP
        2. Add a Shared Printer in Windows Vista
          1. Additional Steps
      6. Troubleshoot an Unavailable Shared USB Printer
    20. 18. Set Up a Shared USB Disk
      1. Prepare Your Drive
      2. View Connected Volumes
      3. Work with Time Capsule
        1. Time Machine Backups
        2. Archive
        3. Erase
      4. Grant Access
        1. Kinds of Access
        2. Put Your Disks on a Larger LAN
        3. Configure Windows File Sharing (Samba)
      5. Gain Access
        1. Mount in Leopard and Snow Leopard
        2. Mount in Tiger
        3. Mount in Windows
    21. 19. Secure Your Network
      1. Likelihood, Liability, and Lost Opportunity
        1. Likelihood
        2. Liability
        3. Lost Opportunity
        4. Your Spot in the Security Spectrum
      2. Simple Tricks That Don't Work
        1. Closed Network
        2. MAC Address Filtering
      3. Use Built-In Encryption
        1. WEP
        2. WPA & WPA2 Background
        3. Turning on WPA/WPA2 Personal
        4. WEP (Transitional Security Network)
        5. Use WPS
      4. Set Up Guest Networking
    22. 20. Overcome Interference
      1. Eliminate Conflicting Signals
        1. Do Some Basic Testing
        2. Try a Solution
      2. Set Interference Robustness
    23. 21. Explore the Internet's Future with IPv6
      1. IPv6 Background
      2. IPv4 and IPv6 Tunneling
      3. Configure IPv6 in N Routers
        1. The IPv6 View
        2. The IPv6 Firewall View
      4. IPv6 Advances
    24. A. Apple TV and Wi-Fi
    25. 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
        1. Base Station Settings
        2. Wireless Settings
        3. Access Settings
      6. Advanced Pane
        1. Statistics Settings
    26. C. Setting up a Software Base Station
      1. Software Base Station
      2. Ad Hoc Networking
    27. D. Channels Explained
      1. 2.4 GHz Channels
      2. 5 GHz Channels
    28. E. AirPort Command-Line Utility
      1. Scan
      2. Getinfo
    29. F. About This Book
      1. About the Author
      2. Author's Acknowledgments
      3. Shameless Plug
      4. About the Publisher
      5. Production Credits