Maccast Members 146 – Home Networking

Written by: Adam Christianson

Categories: Maccast Members, Podcast

Maccast Members

A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Episode 146. We received an email from a member who asked if we could cover home and wi-fi networking. I realized we often cover these topics, but haven’t really done a full show devoted to networking. George Starcher (@georgestarcher) and I dive into the hardware, wiring, wireless, devices, security and share our tips and tricks on setting up a home network.


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  1. Dan Wieder | Jan 23 2013 - 06:56

    Hey Adam,
    I listened to the Home Networking podcast today and was interested in the Open DNS segment. I watched the screencasts made by George and then created a free account on OpenDNS. Then I found the problem that you can’t really use OpenDNS with AT&T Uverse, since you can’t change the IP’s in their router. Some of the comments talked about putting a router in between the computers and the Uverse modem, and then configuring that modem to use the OpenDNS servers.

    Here’s my problem/question.
    I have a Uverse modem, connected to an Airport Extreme Base Station (run in bridge mode). If I were to configure the AEBS to use the OpenDNS servers, it would still have to go through the AT&T Uverse modem, correct? So if the Uverse modem was having issues, such as the AT&T servers not being reliable, like you and George mentioned in the podcast, then having the OpenDNS servers, configured in the AEBS doesn’t buy me anything.

    I was disappointed with this, but I’m not ready to get rid of Uverse at this time. Am I missing something?

    Keep up the good work. Love the podcasts.

  2. George Starcher | Feb 02 2013 - 08:55

    Correct your DNS has no relation to the reliability of Uverse itself. Changing DNS would only matter if their DNS servers were the problem. I have seen Comcast DNS go down before and I be fine and friends “be down” because they had no DNS. Even though if they tried by IP they could still browse.