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How to Enable SNMP on an AirPort Base Station

The AirPort Extreme, AirPort Express, and Time Capsule are excellent wireless base stations, but it can be difficult to know exactly what they're doing. For instance, you might be interested in knowing how many devices are connected to your base station, or how much bandwidth has been used by all of the connected devices over a certain period of time. To monitor statistics like these, you'll need to enable something called SNMP, which stands for simple network management protocol.

How to Benchmark Your Mac

There's been a lot of talk recently about how the new MacBook Pros compare to existing Mac models. The new MacBooks are faster, of course. We know because the experts ran a series of tests to benchmark the computers and compare them to older models. But you don't have to let the experts have all of the fun.

How to Remotely Lock Your iPad

You already know that you can password protect your iPad. But if you have enabled Find My iPad, you can also remotely set a password to lock your iPad. (The iPad must be turned on and connected to a cellular or wireless network.) This can be useful when you've misplaced your iPad and need to prevent others from accessing your private information.

Import Your AirPort Extreme Configuration

So you own an AirPort Extreme and the unthinkable happened: You had to reset the base station to the default settings. All of your network settings have been lost. Now what? If you thought to export your AirPort Extreme configuration before you reset the base station, you can import that configuration file and instantly restore all of your network settings.

(If you didn't export the configuration before the reset, you'll have to start over and set up the AirPort Extreme again.)

Export Your AirPort Extreme Configuration

Setting up an AirPort Extreme is a painstaking process that can take hours or even days. But your work isn't finished when you get the AirPort Extreme working the way you want it. The last step is exporting your AirPort Extreme's configuration file to save all of those configuration settings and back them up.

How to Upgrade Your MacBook Pro's RAM

Upgrading the RAM is one of the cheapest and most effective ways to boost your computer’s overall performance. RAM, or random access memory, stores the code and instructions for OS X and any applications open on your Mac. Installing larger RAM modules in your MacBook Pro will allow you have more applications open at once and perform more tasks simultaneously. For example, you could open a bunch of memory-hogging applications while ripping a CD, watching a DVD, and uploading photos to the Internet - all at the same time.

How to Upgrade Your MacBook's Hard Drive

[Editor's Note: Do you own a MacBook Pro? Check out two of our other articles: How to Upgrade Your MacBook Pro's Hard Drive, and How to Upgrade Your MacBook Pro's RAM.]

Upgrading your MacBook's internal hard drive is a simple way to store more documents, music, movies, applications and other files on your new Apple portable.

Upgrade Your MacBook Pro's Hard Drive

Upgrading the hard drive is a cost-effective way to increase your storage space and speed up your MacBook Pro, especially if you purchase a solid-state drive.

How to Use Your Mac as a Wireless Router

Did you know that you can turn your Mac into a wireless router for your home or office? This is a great option if you have cable or DSL service, but have yet to purchase a wireless router! These instructions will show you how to connect several computers or devices - such as an iPhone or iPad - to the Internet via your Mac's wireless network. The best part is that you can save big money on expensive devices like the AirPort Extreme and AirPort Express by setting up your Mac to do the same thing!

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