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How to Turn Off NAT-PMP on Airport Routers from iOS

Credit to Allister Jenks for the Instructions for iOS

Airport routers from Apple have a service turned on by default called NAT-PMP (Network Address Translation Port Mapping Protocol).  This service allows applications and/or devices inside your network to automatically open ports in your router to make them accessible from the Internet.  While this feature Read More…

How to Turn Off UPnP on Netgear NIghthawk Routers

Routers from Netgear (and other companies) have a service turned on by default called UPnP (Unplug and Play).  This service allows applications and/or devices inside your network to automatically open ports in your router to make them accessible from the Internet.  While this feature does make it easier to set up Internet of Things Read More…

How to Turn Off NAT-PMP on Airport Routers from macOS

Airport routers from Apple have a service turned on by default called NAT-PMP (Network Address Translation Port Mapping Protocol).  This service allows applications and/or devices inside your network to automatically open ports in your router to make them accessible from the Internet.  While this feature does make it easier to set up Internet of Read More…

How to Upgrade Apple Airport Firmware

If you see an amber light blinking on your Airport Extreme, it may be an indication that there is a firmware update required.  These quick instructions show you how to find out if there is an update, and how to do the update.

I suspect the process is essentially the same on an Apple Read More…

How to Separate (or Combine) 2.4GHz and 5GHz Bands with AirPort Utility

Many modern routers support two frequencies for wireless access, 2.4GHz and 5GHz.  The 5GHz band is much less congested, so if you have devices that support 5GHz you want them on that band. At the same time you probably have older devices that can only do 2.4GHz.  

The Airport Extreme from Apple allows Read More…

Checklist to Limit Data Use on Travel (Updated)

Problem to be solved:

I have a shared data plan between my Mifi and my iPad. Under normal use at home I never go over my 4GB plan (not even close) but about 2 days into a vacation I get a 75% usage warning. I had Katie Floyd of the Mac Power Users Podcast Read More…

How to Set Up a Mac for Remote Login

What Problem are We Trying to Solve?

If you have a machine that’s got a bad monitor or locked up in some way that you can’t directly control it, you might have some success if you could connect in via the Terminal. In these few quick steps we’ll show you how to set up the Read More…

How to Configure Verizon FiOS Router to Give Network Control to Airport Extreme

Introduction

Bart Busschots of http://bartb.ie helped me figure out this configuration that so many people are requesting. Bart’s diagram shows the end condition. The screenshots in the tutorial are from an Actiontec router supplied by Verizon running firmware version 40.20.7 in 2013.

In this tutorial we’re going to:

Turn off Wireless on the Verizon Read More…

VNC Tutorial Mac/PC

Remote Control Another Computer with Virtual Network Computing (VNC)

The idea of VNC is that you have one computer be the server (the one that will be controlled) and the other machine becomes the client. The good news is that there’s lots of options to choose from and most of them are freeware, no one Read More…