New ibook (yaay!) and questions (boo!)

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by J-Low, Sep 21, 2005.

  1. macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2005
    Hi all,

    First off:
    After saying I wouldn't post update, I bought a 14 inch ibook one month ago, (sorry).
    I agonised for months and thhis site was most helpful.

    Now, I'll be full of questions and hopefully I'll eventually be able to help too.
    So Please bear with me and I hope you can advise

    I got a cable modem from my ISP, how do I know if it's a router too?

    Until I set up the OSX firewall the internet was really fast and now it's not, is this normal?

    How does a newbie know which boxes to check in Firewall prefs and furthermore which to check in advanced settings?

    How can I change the power supply from country to country without buying the world travel kit from apple as I dont need all the countries.

    Ditto Airport express?

    And with the airport express can I plug an external HD into the USB?
    and if so can I daisy chain a printer?
    and if not how can I get a wireless external HD working?

    Thanks a lot if anyone can help

  2. Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    If it's got more than 1 ethernet port, or built in wireless it's a router too.

    Should not make much of a difference.

    A newbie should just let OSX decide!

    Standard plug adaptors? Or figure of 8 cables with different plugs. The power adaptor can deal with most voltages/input frequencies.

    Airport express cannot do this. It has a built in print server. It does not have a file server. You need something that will present the disk to the network. Google for Wireless NAS.
  3. thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2005

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