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    Leopard Dropping WiFi?

    To add my voice to the crowd....I got around to upgrading to Lepoard the other day on my wireless mini and wired G4MDD. I did the upgrade install on the mini, it completed successfully and connected to my WEP G gigabit Airport Extreme network flawlessly. I use it as a video server and regularly move large files around and this has become a nightmare. I now have about a 10% chance of successfully completing a 300mb file transfer as the wi-fi routinely drops out. I've watched this happen - the airport icon in the menu bar will change from full strength one second to "scanning...." the next. The network will come back, but any file transfer is toast. I don't believe it is a channel/congestion problem - I have other wi-fi clients that perform well in my envoronment, and before Lepoard all was well. I'm still getting used to Leopard so apologies if this is a stupid question, but where did Internet Connect go? I haven't found anyway of clearly seeing the signal strength - the menubar icon doesn't really cut it. Ken
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    router performance ?

    I can't help much here but I have been researching routers recently, and the DIR-655 from Dlink does claim to have a number of QoS features to prevent torrents from nuking Skype and so on. You can download the manual from their website for all the details. Ken
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    Leopard Dropping WiFi?

    Daniel, in your network prefs is your location/profile set to "automatic"? I have a mini (still on Tiger) video server on a purely wirless connection, and the wifi connection drops on sleep as it is supposed to - the card powers down with everything else. But, on wake-up it always seamlessly reconnects in a few seconds to the network defined in my "automatic" location. If you wake up in your non-default location then I would expect to have to reconnect manually. As I said, I'm still on Tiger so not sure how this maps to the Leopard interface. Ken
  4. My existing Dlink 11g wireless router is starting to crap out on me (sporadic signal degradation/loss) so I'm thinking of taking this opportunity to upgrade to N. I use a core duo mini as a media server which has to connect wirelessly due to location so a USB dongle would seem to be the way to go. I've found 2 so far; the nNano from quickertek and the "11n USB stick" from macwireless. Does anyone have any experience with these or an alternate suggestion? I haven't made up my mind yet on the router/basestation - leaning towards Netgear RangeMax based on recommendations from other folks, and shying away from AirportExtreme due to cost. All my other wireless clients are (unfortunately) windoze boxes so not much motivation to stick with Apple. So, any comments on compatibility of the USB dongle's with non-apple kit would also be appreciated. Thanks Ken
  5. Rogue apps have ben commonplace on windoze for a long time, but now it looks like Macs are becoming successful enough to attract the same kind of attention. The linked article describes "MacSweeper" which tries to con you out of $40 by convincing you that your privacy is compromised. http://www.f-secure.com/weblog/archives/00001362.html Ken
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    AppleTV falls short?

    Sure, but if ALL you want is media playback, the mini is a much more expensive option compared to MVIX and others. Definitely the way to go though if you'll ever use it for more than that. Ken
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    AppleTV falls short?

    I've been looking forward to the "iTV" product as much as anyone else, but based on what I've been able to glean from the news and posts here it would seem to fall significantly short of other products already available from other manufacturers. In my case, I'd want to be able to access backed-up commercial DVDs, DivX, Xvid, as well as iTunes sourced material, and it is my understanding that this cannot be achieved without re-encoding - a major pain. Please correct me if I'm wrong here. I had been looking at an alternative product and was waiting for AppleTV to see if it was competitive. Looks like I'll be going with the MVIX 760 (http://www.mvixusa.com/product.php?product=mx760) after all. It's $30 more without a drive, but you get to choose what drive you want, and supports just about every audio/video format out there. Its effectively a NAS box as well. The only downside is the lack of auto-syncing, which I can live with. Am I missing something? A number of other posters here have already asked about video_ts and DivX support. Is there any reason such people wouldn't go with MVix or some other equivalent? Ken