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“Take Control of Your Apple Wi-Fi Network” Answers Wi-Fi Questions

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Some things improve with age, and while old Wi-Fi networks don’t fall into that category, Glenn Fleishman’s documentation of everything related to Apple’s AirPort base stations and Wi-Fi networking continues to get better. Over the past decade, Glenn’s “Take Control of Your AirPort Network” books have consistently ranked among our most popular titles for a good reason — they’re the essential resources that the Apple community relies on for help with Wi-Fi networks.

To keep up with Apple’s changes, we’ve just published “Take Control of Your Apple Wi-Fi Network,” a new title that focuses on the latest tools and technologies for wireless networking, such as AirPort Utility 6 for Mac and AirPort Utility for iOS, plus Apple’s 802.11ac base stations. In this 196-page book, Glenn helps you swap in new gear for better performance, extend your network’s range with multiple base stations, add USB drives and shared printers, enable security options and guest networking, maximize throughput, and solve pesky problems. It costs $20 and is available for immediate download.

Take Control of Your Apple Wi-Fi Network” will show you how to do the following, among much else:

  • Efficiently swap a new base station in place of an old one.
  • Extend your network’s range by connecting base stations with Ethernet and/or Wi-Fi.
  • Easily put visitors on the Internet with a guest network.
  • Print wirelessly to a Wi-Fi- or USB-connected printer.
  • Attach a USB drive to a Time Capsule or AirPort Extreme, and set up user access.
  • Back up to a Time Capsule, and work with its internal drive.
  • Pipe music through an AirPort Express-connected stereo.
  • Discover what the icon on your Wi-Fi menu means.
  • Find out what the colored light on your base station is trying to tell you.
  • Avoid annoying interference problems.
  • Deal with a base station that can’t be found on the network.

Why the new title? Now that Apple is making 802.11ac base stations, we needed a new title that didn’t explicitly reference 802.11n, hence “Take Control of Your Apple Wi-Fi Network” replacing the previous “Take Control of Your 802.11n AirPort Network.” We didn’t call it “Take Control of Your AirPort Network” because Glenn’s first Wi-Fi networking ebook used that title back in 2004, and because Apple seems to be deprecating the AirPort name within OS X and iOS.

Check out the Take Control ebooks that expand on the topic in this article:

Sure, you have an Apple Wi-Fi network, but is it doing all that it can for you? Wi-Fi wizard Glenn Fleishman helps you swap in new gear for better performance, extend the range with multiple base stations, add USB drives and shared printers, enable security options and guest networking, maximize throughput, and solve pesky problems.

 

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Comments about “Take Control of Your Apple Wi-Fi Network” Answers Wi-Fi Questions
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Anonymous  2014-06-19 13:46
Upgrade pricing?
Tonya Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2014-06-20 05:39
Hi Anonymous. There is 50%-off upgrade pricing. If you have a prior ebook, you can click through from it to our Web site and find the deal. (From a PDF look for a Check for Updates or Ebook Extras button on the cover, that's page 1; from an EPUB or Mobipocket, look in the first half-dozen or so paragraphs of the Read Me First.) If that still doesn't work, visit the contact form at www.takecontrolbooks.com/faq#contact and send a question to our support email address.
Anonymous  2014-06-25 11:38
Thanks Tonya!

FYI I am a logged-in member of Tidbits when I post, and I use my initials of my name in the NAME field, so I do not know why the Tidbits system notates me as anonymous...