Take Control of Your Apple Wi-Fi Network

Take Control of Your Apple Wi-Fi Network

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Make your Apple Wi-Fi network fast, reliable, and secure!

Updated November 20, 2015

Join Wi-Fi wizard Glenn Fleishman and learn to create a fast, reliable, and secure Apple Wi-Fi network using 802.11ac or 802.11n AirPort Extreme, AirPort Express, and Time Capsule base stations.

You'll find plenty of practical directions for working with Apple's AirPort Utility configuration software (for Mac and iOS), including steps for setting up a base station, swapping in new gear, adding base stations to extend your network's range, attaching USB drives or shared printers, enabling security, creating a guest network, and more. (For help with older gear or versions of AirPort Utility, the ebook includes a free download of any prior edition, dating back to 2004.)

You'll also learn about what's going on behind the scenes. If you better understand channels and bands, for instance, you may be able to reconfigure your network to dramatically improve performance. And, Glenn provides advice and directions for coping with tricky IP situations.

The book also provides directions for setting up a cellular iOS device as an Internet hotspot, and it discusses Apple's Instant Hotspot feature.

"If anyone knows about real-world Wi-Fi, it's Glenn Fleishman."
    —Mark Frauenfelder, co-founder of bOING bOING

You'll learn how to:

  • Create a basic Apple Wi-Fi network, and connect to it from OS X, iOS, Windows 10, Android, and Chrome OS.
  • Efficiently swap a new base station in place of an old one.
  • Extend the range of a network by connecting base stations with Ethernet or Wi-Fi (or a mix).
  • Print wirelessly to a Wi-Fi or USB-connected printer.
  • Add a USB-attached drive to a Time Capsule or AirPort Extreme, and set up user access.
  • Keep intruders out by setting up reliable and relevant security for your network.
  • Easily put visitors on the Internet with a guest network.

You'll also find information about how to:

  • Back up to a Time Capsule, and work with its internal drive.
  • Pipe audio through an AirPort Express.
  • Share files the new Apple way with AirDrop.
  • Set up a cellular iOS device as an Internet hotspot and connect other devices to the hotspot with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or USB.

You'll find lots of problem-solving help about:

  • Avoiding interference problems.
  • What the icon on your Wi-Fi menu means.
  • What the colored light on your base station is trying to tell you.
  • Dealing with a base station that can't be found on the network.
  • Making a base station assign an IP address to a client.
  • Finding a MAC address. (Hint, 1 Infinite Loop is not the MAC address that you seek.)
  • Updating the firmware in your base station, and reverting to an older version.

And, on the geekier side, you'll learn about:

  • Putting computers more directly on the Internet with port mapping or a default host.
  • Setting up Software Base Station.
  • Ad hoc networking.
  • Saving effort and avoiding problems by exporting a copy of a base station configuration.
  • Accessing a base station remotely, whether to get at the contents of its drive or to configure it, via iCloud's Back to My Mac service.

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Published 20 November 2015
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TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR APPLE WIFI NETWORK
COVERS 802.11ac and 802.11n
byGLENN FLEISHMAN $20
Table of Contents
Read Me First ................................................................. 4
Introduction .................................................................. 8
Apple Wi-Fi Quick Start ................................................... 9
Quick Troubleshooting Guide .......................................... 11
Mac Wi-Fi Iconography .................................................. 18
Light Reading ............................................................... 20
Learn Wireless Basics .................................................... 21
Wi-Fi Gear from Apple ................................................... 30
Meet AirPort Utility ........................................................ 38
Plug In Your Base Station and Get Started ....................... 45
Set Up a Network ......................................................... 50
Pick the Right Place and the Right Channel ....................... 68
Advanced Networking .................................................... 91
Connect Your Devices .................................................. 106
AirPort Express Extras ................................................. 126
Connect Multiple Base Stations ..................................... 135
Reach Your Network Remotely ...................................... 145
Set Up a Shared Printer ............................................... 157
Set Up a Shared USB Disk ............................................ 163
Connect with a Personal Hotspot ................................... 176
Share Files with AirDrop .............................................. 195
Secure Your Network ................................................... 203
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Overcome Interference ................................................ 212
Appendix A: Configuration Files .................................... 215
Appendix B: Setting up a Software Base Station ............. 218
Appendix C: Channels Explained ................................... 224
Appendix D: What and Where Is a MAC Address? ............ 229
About This Book ......................................................... 232
Copyright and Fine Print .............................................. 235
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Read Me First
Welcome toTake Control of Your Apple Wi-Fi Network,version 1.2, published in November 2015 by TidBITS Publishing Inc. This book was written by Glenn Fleishman and edited by Tonya Engst.
Make your Apple wireless network fast, reliable, and secure. Learn to configure the 802.11n and 802.11ac AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule and the 802.11n AirPort Express. Plus, get directions for setting up complex networks, adding shared printers and disks, and connecting to your network from OS X, iOS, Windows, Android, and Chrome OS.
This book focuses on Apple Wi-Fi networking in late 2015 with up-to-date software. In many cases, my advice works with older software and in some cases I give specific information about older software. In general, the older your operating system, the less likely you’ll find that everything works as described.
If you want to share this ebook with a friend, we ask that you do so as you would with a physical book: “lend” it for a quick look, but ask your friend to buy a copy for careful reading or reference.
Copyright © 2015 Glenn Fleishman. All rights reserved.
Updates and More
You can access extras related to this book on the Web (use the link inEbook Extras, near the end; it’s available only to purchasers). On the ebook’s Take Control Extras page, you can:
Download any available new version of the ebook for free, or buy any subsequent edition at a discount.
Download various formats, including PDF, EPUB, and Mobipocket. (Learn about reading on mobile devices on ourDevice Advicepage.)
Read the ebook’s blog. You may find new tips or information, as well as a link to an author interview.
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If you bought this ebook from the Take Control Web site, it has been added to your account, where you can download it in other formats and access any future updates. However, if you bought this ebook elsewhere, you can add it to your account manually; seeEbook Extras.
Basics
Here are a few rules of the road that will help you read this book:
Read Me First:To review background information that might help you understand this book better, such as finding System Preferences and working with menus on the menu bar, read Tonya Engst’s free ebookRead Me First: A Take Control Crash Course, available for free on the Web or as a standalone ebook in PDF, EPUB, and the Kindle’s Mobipocket format.
Links:All blue text in this book ishot,meaning you can click (or tap) it, just like a link on the Web. If you click a link that takes you to a different part of the book, you can return quickly to where you were if your ebook reader offers a “back” feature. For example, if you use iBooks to read the EPUB of this book, you can click the “Back to” link at the lower left. Or, if you use Preview on the Mac to read the PDF of this book, you can choose Go > Back or press Command-[.
Finding the Wi-Fi Menu The Wi-Fi status menu appears near the right of the menu bar on a Mac. Its icon normally looks like a fan (Figure 1). If yours isn’t showing, you can turn it on via a checkbox in the Network system preference pane, in the Wi-Fi view.
Figure 1:The Wi-Fi status menu appears in the set of icons at the right of the menu bar.
If you see a different fan icon marking your menu, readMac Wi-Fi Iconographyto learn what that icon means.
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What’s New in Version 1.2
The motivation for this update was to add information about iOS 9, 10.11 El Capitan, and Windows 10. Along the way, I found a few other details that I wanted to add or change:
I found two great tools for graphically mapping Wi-Fi networks and for visualizing a network environment—NetSpot and WiFi Explor-er—so I added a run-through of each product inTesting from Client to Base Station.
I’ve made several small revisions about 802.11acwaves.Previously, when I discussed the latest flavor of Wi-Fi, 802.11ac, it was as a single thing; however, the standard is being rolled out progressively in waves, each with new features. Apple’s two 802.11ac base stations and nearly all the adapters in Macs and iOS devices currently use wave 1. The iPhone 6S and 6S Plus support wave 2, and I expect that Apple’s next flagship base station hardware revision will add wave 2 support.
In case you want to adjust or prioritize the way a Mac makes net-work connections in different locations—and be able to choose a location quickly—I added more detail inManage Network Locations.
I added a sidebar,Wi-Fi Assist Boosts Wonky WLAN, that describes iOS 9’s new Wi-Fi Assist feature, which is enabled by default. Because this feature can burn through cellular data, iOS 9 users should keep it on only if they are aware of this risk.
I added steps for connecting to an Apple Wi-Fi network from Android and Chrome OS inConnect in AndroidandConnect in Chrome OS.
Because you may want to buy a base station without paying a premium for an Apple product—or you may want to try a different feature set than what Apple is currently offering—I added the sidebarTwo Non-Apple Router Options That May Suit Youto draw your attention to a few models that are worth a look.
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What Was New in Version 1.0 and 1.1
Version 1.0 of this book was a new edition of a title that has been available in various iterations for over a decade. Version 1.0 focused on Apple’s 802.11ac gear and on 10.9 Mavericks, iOS 7, and Windows 8.1.
Version 1.1 added details for 10.10 Yosemite and iOS 8 as well as information about how toConnect with a Personal HotspotandShare with AirDrop. This version also described new behavior in the hidden Wi-Fi menu, inUse the Wi-Fi Menu, and had various changes because the outdated WEP security option is finally gone; in particular, see Wait, Where’s WEP?!.
Finding an Old Edition For help with an older version of Mac OS X, iOS, or Windows, older base station gear, or an older version of AirPort Utility, you can refer to a previous edition of this ebook—there’s no extra charge. Follow the “access extras” link inEbook Extras, and look in the blog.
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Introduction
It’s never been easier in Apple’s 16-year history of offering wireless networking equipment to set up a Wi-Fi base station and start working. But if that’s so, why read a book on the topic?
Even though setup is much, much easier than ever—especially with more powerful and sophisticated radio gear in the base stations—so many of the fine details of creating a network that does precisely what you want still require carefully plotted, step-by-step procedures. This is especially the case for networks with multiple base stations, attached disks, and sensible encryption.
In this book, I provide you with tips to save time, improve security, extend range, and enjoy a technical edge when working with Wi-Fi.
I start with wireless basics, move through base station installation and configuration, explain how to share printers and disks, tell you how to connect to a Wi-Fi network, give advice on extending a network’s range and quality, look at using an AirPort Express’s unique features, and finish with how-to information on security for those who want their AirPort networks safe from freeloaders and intruders.
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Apple Wi-Fi Quick Start
Use this Quick Start to get an idea of how you might jump into thebook if you are at a particular stage in working with your network.
Tip:Trying to solve a problem? Flip ahead a few pages to theQuick Troubleshooting Guideor seeLight Readingto learn what the light on your base station is trying to say. Also, seeOvercome Interference.
Learn wireless basics: Get a quick grounding inLearn Wireless Basics.
Familiarize yourself withWi-Fi Gear from Apple.
Plan your network: For common configurations, seePicture Your Scenarioand focus on the diagrams and descriptions at the beginning of:New Network, Single Base Station,Extend a Network via Ethernet or Wi-Fi, and Replace an Existing Base Station.
For ideas on using the AirPort Express, skimAirPort Express Extras.
For advanced possibilities, consultConnect Multiple Base Stations and pay special attention to the descriptions and diagrams at the start ofAdd Access Points via EthernetandBridge Wirelessly. Also, note that Appendix B covers creating aSoftware Base Stationand Ad Hoc Networking.
Although it’s not necessary for a basic setup, you can consider your network’s channels and bands inSpectrum Trade-offs.
Set up your base station(s): You’ll be using AirPort Utility to configure your base station. Read Meet AirPort Utilityto learn the basics.
Unpack your base station and start down the path of configuring it inPlug In Your Base Station and Get Started.
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Share a printer or a hard drive. SeeSet Up a Shared PrinterorSet Up a Shared USB Disk.
Set up Time Machine backups with an AirPort Extreme or Time Capsule inWork with Time Machine.
Connect to your base station: Find out how to connect Macs, iOS devices, Windows systems, Android systems, and Chrome OS devices to a base station in Connect Your Devices.
Reach Your Network Remotelywhen you’re not physically on it.
Access your base station with the Back to My Mac service in iCloud. SeeAccess a Base Station via iCloud.
Add audio: Stream audio (and video) through AirPlay. SeeStream Audio with AirPlayandShare with Airfoil.
Connect between devices: Tether your Mac, iOS device, or other device to a cellular connection when youConnect with a Personal Hotspot, including using iOS and OS X with Instant Hotspot.
Try AirDrop peer-to-peer file transfer inShare Files with AirDrop.
Secure your network: AvoidSimple Tricks That Don’t Work.
Apply encryption using the best—and often simplest—method. See Use Built-in Encryption.
Let visitors and friends in, when youSet Up Guest Networking.
Learn still more advanced topics: Stop pulling your hair out over a problem with new firmware you install that doesn’t work. SeeReverting to Older Firmware.
Get a few details about saving and re-using an AirPort base station’s settings inAppendix A: Configuration Files.
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