Network


How to Change the Name of Your iPad

  Matt Cone       March 25, 2021

Your iPad has a name that is visible to other devices on the network it’s connected to. This hostname can be important when trying to share files or otherwise communicate with another device. You can change the name of your iPad to give it a personal, memorable name that is easy to remember and recognize. Here’s how to change the name of your iPad: From your iPad’s home screen, tap Settings.

How to Change the Name of Your iPhone

  Matt Cone       March 24, 2021

Your iPhone has a name that is visible to other devices on the network it’s connected to. This hostname can be important when trying to share files or otherwise communicate with another device. You can change the name of your iPhone to give it a personal, memorable name that is easy to remember and recognize. Here’s how to change the name of your iPhone: From your iPhone’s home screen, tap Settings.

How to Change the Name of Your Mac

  Matt Cone       March 23, 2021

Your Mac has a name that is visible to other devices on the network it’s connected to. This hostname can be important when trying to share files or otherwise communicate with another device. You can change the name of your Mac to give it a personal, memorable name that is easy to remember and recognize. Here’s how to change the name of your Mac: From the Apple menu, select System Preferences.

How to Find Your Mac's MAC Address

  Matt Cone       March 10, 2021

Each of your Mac’s network interfaces — such as the ethernet and Wi-Fi cards — have a permanent, unique serial number called a media access control (MAC) address. Some universities and employers may request your Mac’s MAC addresses to monitor or limit your access to certain networks. MAC addresses can also be used for less nefarious purposes. For example, if your computer is stolen on a university’s campus, the IT department may be able to use its MAC address to trigger an alert when the criminal connects your computer to a university network.

How to Set a Static IP Address on a Mac

  Matt Cone       February 19, 2021

When your Mac is connected to a private network in a home or office, it’s probably assigned what’s known as a dynamic IP address. (To check, see How to Find Your Mac’s IP Address.) That’s not a problem for the majority of users - most people don’t care whether their IP addresses changes or not. But dynamic IP addresses won’t work for certain tasks like port forwarding, dynamic DNS, or client-to-client file sharing on the local network.

How to Connect an iPad to a Wi-Fi Network

  Matt Cone       February 9, 2021

If you’re a new iPad owner, one of the first things you’ll need to learn how to do is connect your iPad to a wireless network. That’s because the iPad, being the small and portable device it is, just screams to be taken to the coffee shop. And the airport. And your friend’s house. All of which have wireless networks, or wi-fi networks as they’re referred to in iOS. Fortunately, it’s easy to connect an iPad to a wi-fi network.

Tell Your iPad to Forget a Wireless Network

  Matt Cone       February 7, 2021

When you connect an iPad to a wi-fi network, the iPad remembers that network and will automatically attempt to connect to it in the future. This is a great feature for wi-fi networks you trust and use frequently. But mistakes happen. If you connect to the wrong network at a coffee shop, your iPad will automatically attempt to join that network every time you visit the coffee shop in the future.

Tell Your iPhone to Forget a Wireless Network

  Matt Cone       February 1, 2021

When you connect an iPhone to a wi-fi network, the iPhone remembers that network and will automatically attempt to connect to it in the future. This is a great feature for wi-fi networks you trust and use frequently. But mistakes happen. If you connect to the wrong network at a coffee shop, your iPhone will automatically attempt to join that network every time you visit the coffee shop in the future.

How to Find Your Mac's IP Address

  Matt Cone       January 28, 2021

Your Mac is assigned something called an IP address when it connects to a network. Other devices that are connected to the same network can use this unique identifier to transfer information to and from your Mac. If this sounds confusing, it might help to think of an IP address as your Mac’s home address. Just like physical mail, which is routed to your home via a unique address, digital information is routed to your Mac using an IP address.

Connect Your MacBook to the Internet Using an Ethernet Adapter

  Matt Cone       January 20, 2021

Using an ethernet cable has always been a popular way to connect to the internet, but newer MacBooks don’t have ethernet ports. Fortunately, with the help of a low-cost ethernet adapter, you can connect an ethernet cable to your MacBook. The ethernet adapter is a dongle that plugs into your MacBook’s USB-C port. We recommend the Belkin USB-C ethernet adapter. This adapter works natively with your MacBook and macOS, and it supports gigabit internet speeds.



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