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How to Find the Best Wi-Fi Channel with Wireless Diagnostics in Mac OS X

Dec 11, 2013 - 23 Comments
Scan and find the best Wi-Fi channels to use

Just about every semi-technical person has setup a wireless router at home or in the office, and in that process has wondered which broadcast channel would be the best to use. Sure, some wi-fi routers make it simple and will recommend a channel on their own, but often it’s left up to the user to … Read More

Personal Hotspot Dropping Connections? Try This DHCP Client Fix

Oct 13, 2013 - Leave a Comment
Fix Personal Hotspot dropping connections

Personal Hotspot lets you share a devices cellular data connection with other devices or computers by turning a device into a wi-fi router, and it’s easily one of the better features of the iPhone and cellular iPad models (and Android phones for that matter). The iOS Personal Hotspot usually functions without a hitch, but sometimes … Read More

Get Around the 5 Device Connection Limit on Wi-Fi Hotspot for iOS & Android

Jul 30, 2013 - Leave a Comment
Wi-Fi Hotspot connections

The Wi-Fi Personal Hotspot feature available with just about every smartphone is incredibly useful, but most cell providers impose a cap on the number of devices that can connect to the wi-fi hotspot. Typically the connection limit provides for a maximum of 3 to 5 device connections, but if you find yourself in a situation … Read More

Monitor Web Bandwidth Usage Easily with Chrome

Jul 5, 2013 - Leave a Comment
Track Bandwidth Usage in Chrome web browser

If you’ve ever wanted to watch all data transfer and bandwidth usage while you browse the web you’ll know it’s not necessarily an easy task. Thankfully, a little-known feature contained within the excellent Google Chrome web browser provides a simple solution, and it allows for easy monitoring of how much data is consumed in a … Read More

How to Use Personal Hotspot on iPhone / iPad to Share Its Internet Connection

Jun 28, 2013 - Leave a Comment
Enable the iPhone Personal Hotspot

Personal Hotspot allows you to turn an iPhone or cellular equipped iPad into a wireless router, thereby sharing the devices internet connection with other Mac, Windows PC, iOS, Android, or any other capable hardware that connects to the hotspot. Often called “internet tethering” or simply Wi-Fi Hotspot, this is an excellent feature for telecommuters and … Read More

Get Around the 50MB Download Limit for Apps on an iPhone

Mar 4, 2013 - 7 Comments
50MB Download Limit on iPhone

If you’ve ever tried to download a large app or iOS update over 3G or LTE, you’ve undoubtedly seen the message “This Item Is Over 50MB” and telling you “You must connect to a Wi-Fi network or use iTunes on your computer to download” whatever app it is you’re trying to get. You can get … Read More

Use IPCC Files with iOS Devices by Enabling Carrier Testing Mode in iTunes

May 13, 2012 - 12 Comments
ipcc-files

iTunes carrier testing mode allows you to manually load signed .ipcc carrier files onto an iPhone or cellular iPad, these .ipcc files contain various carrier settings pertaining to voice mail, MMS and SMS, Personal Hotspot, APN settings, and other network-specific preferences. If you’ve used an iPhone on T-Mobile or even as a prepaid phone you … Read More

10 Tips to Reduce iPhone & iPad Personal Hotspot Data Usage

Mar 28, 2012 - 11 Comments
Personal Hotspot

Personal Hotspot is one of the best features of an iPhone and iPad, allowing you to share the devices 3G or 4G LTE internet connection with up to five other connected devices through wi-fi, be them Macs, iPads, iPods, or PC’s. Personal Hotspot may be a mobile users and telecommuters dream, but tethering an internet … Read More

Fix for Personal Hotspot Missing After iOS Update

Mar 16, 2012 - 143 Comments
Personal Hotspot missing

We’ve heard from a few readers in our comments and through emails that after updating to iOS their Personal Hotspot disappeared on the iPhone. The reason for this is unclear, but thankfully the fix is extremely easy: Open Settings and tap on “General” Tap on “Reset Network Settings” Now tap back to Settings and you … Read More

Enable Internet Sharing in Mac OS X to Turn Your Mac Into a Wireless Router

Jan 5, 2012 - 61 Comments
Mac Internet Sharing

Did you know you can turn your Mac into a wireless access point by using Internet Sharing? Internet Sharing works for nearly all versions of Mac OS X, from 10.6, to OS X 10.7 Lion, 10.8 Mountain Lion, OS X Mavericks, and beyond, and with internet sharing enabled, your internet connected Mac will broadcast a … Read More

MacBook Pro 3G Prototype Shows Up

Aug 14, 2011 - 6 Comments
MacBook Pro 3G Prototype

A prototype MacBook Pro 15″ with a built-in 3G cellular modem has shown up for sale on eBay. Other than a 3G antenna and SIM card slot, the 2007 model is mostly an ordinary MacBook Pro with a Core 2 Duo chip, although there’s some additional soldering and the motherboard is red which is typical … Read More

WiFi Personal Hotspot now on AT&T iPhone 4 with iOS 4.3, but jailbreaking is cheaper

Mar 4, 2011 - 66 Comments
mywi-vs-hotspot

News that iOS 4.3 will bring the WiFi Personal Hotspot feature to AT&T iPhone 4’s is welcome, but I’m going to reiterate my opinion from the past regarding the Personal Hotspot usage fee. If you missed it, it goes like this: what you’re really paying for is convenience and ease of use. Jailbreaking & MyWi … Read More

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