Your Mac’s network name forms part of its network address. If you want to share your Mac’s files and folders with other computers on your network you’ll need to know its network address so that those other computers can connect to it. This information is readily available in System Preferences, but this article looks at how to get your Mac’s network name using the command line.
I’ve just started learning how to subnet and while there are plenty of resources to help with the calculations and understand the maths I tend to grasp things better if I have some visual representation.
To help, I put together the following table which – I hope – nicely illustrates the patterns of binary 0s and 1s in the 4th octet of a class C IP address and their correlation to the patterns of block sizes, network IDs, host IDs and broadcast addresses of the various subnets. The table is not intended to explain how to calculate subnets nor even to act as a cheat-sheet, but others may find the visual representation helpful.
The ability to remotely access a computer on a home network while away from home can often prove very useful.
Employing a technique known as SSH (Secure Shell) tunnelling this article describes how to securely access files on a remote computer using AFP (Apple Filing Protocol) and share that computer’s screen using VNC (Virtual Network Computing).
There are occasions when we want to make a computer on a home/local area network (LAN) accessible externally on the Internet. For example, remotely connecting to a LAN computer using SSH or remotely accessing a web site residing on a LAN computer.
Each computer connected to a local network is assigned a dynamic IP address. On occasion it’s useful, if not essential, to assign a static IP address instead. As an example, port forwarding requires the destination computer on a local network to have a static IP address.
Using OS X Lion 10.7.1, I’ll describe two ways of assigning a static IP address to a computer on a local network.