How to Configure an Apple Home Office

Are you ready to make the switch and ditch your Windows home office? If you’re looking to set up an Apple home office, here are my recommendations for getting started.

You will need the following:

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AirPort Extreme – This will be your router; it will connect to your main modem, providing your Internet connection by broadcasting a wireless-N signal throughout your home. It also has a USB port where you can plug in a USB drive that will act as Network Attached Storage (NAS). Configuring your AirPort Extreme is a piece of cake and will be discussed in detail in our next post. You won’t want to miss this one.

AirPort Express – After you configure your AirPort Extreme and your wireless signal is being broadcast through your home, you may find that your signal does not reach everywhere. This is why I recommend an AirPort Express: it can be used to extend the signal of your network. This is typically known as a wireless repeater.

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MacBook Air – Having an Apple home office is great, but you also want the mobility to work anywhere. This is why I recommend the MacBook Air. It’s fast and light and allows you to perform at the highest levels.

Thunderbolt Apple Display – This is where having a MacBook Air really pays off. When you’re in your home office, plug your Air into the Thunderbolt display and you have a lightning-fast, sweet 27” monitor. If you need to work somewhere else in your home, simply disconnect from your Thunderbolt display and you are highly mobile.

In the next few posts, we will cover how each of these devices work, separately and together. We’ll go over in detail how to configure your AirPort Extreme and AirPort Express. Then we’ll follow that up with connecting your MacBook Air to the Internet and the Thunderbolt display. Stay tuned — this will be a fun series!

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