Wireless access to the Internet provide so much flexibility and break limitations on mobility. With the prices of wireless hardware continually decreasing, wireless networks are becoming increasingly popular in businesses as well as in homes. However, not many resources that help fix issues with these unpredictable wireless connections exist. Sometimes, the solution might be extremely simple, if only users are informed about it. The tips here will help you understand some common trouble scenarios in a WiFi connection, and assist you in tackling them.

Hard Reset The Router

This might seem to be an insignificant solution, but surprisingly, it does work sometimes! Simply try turning off your router, and switch it back again after a minute or two. If this doesn’t work, perform a hard reset of your router.
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Yesterday, Apple released Mac OS X 10.6.3, the third incremental update to its Snow Leopard operating system, delivering bug fixes and enhancements, as well as addressing a number of security issues discovered since the release of OS X 10.6.2 in November. This news piece goes deeper into the changes delivered with this update. The security side of 10.6.3 will be detailed in a different article later today.

Over at its Support Downloads area, Apple mentions key 10.6.3 improvements such as a more reliable QuickTime X. Apple’s player has also been updated with compatibility fixes, according to the summary of changes. Other compatibility issues have been addressed with OpenGL-based applications, Apple stresses. The Mac maker continues to list changes like improved performance of Logic Pro 9 and Main Stage 2 when running in 64-bit mode, improved reliability of 3rd party USB input devices, and a few others.

However, via a Support document posted in the section with the same name, Apple talks “About the Mac OS X v10.6.3 Update” more broadly. Before users attempt to do anything, the Cupertino-based Mac maker advises customers to back up their systems. Although the Mac OS X built-in Time Machine utility is probably the best choice to accomplish the task, there are several other tools that allow them to achieve the same results. More »

To disable unneeded startup services for a safer, faster XP, use the “Services” Admin Tool (Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services). If you are a single user of a non-networked machine, you can disable the following items, with no ill effect.

  • Alerter
  • Clipbook
  • Computer Browser
  • Fast User Switching
  • Human Interface Access Devices
  • Indexing Service (Slows the hard drive down)
  • Messenger
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There is no way to guarantee complete security on a wireless network. However, there are precautions you can take to help minimize security risks when you use a wireless network.

• Whenever possible, only connect to wireless networks that require a network security key or have some other form of security, such as a certificate. The information sent over these networks is encrypted, which can help protect your computer from unauthorized access. When you view available wireless networks in Connect to a Network, you’ll see text indicating if a wireless network has security enabled or not. More »