Mo­dem prob­lems

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the new drive, then in­stalling the new drive into your Mac­Book Air. The old drive can then be used as ex­ter­nal USB stor­age.

The cost of th­ese drives is com­ing down, and my Mac­Book Air has been given a new lease of life. You will need to buy a spe­cial five-pointed screw­driver in or­der to re­move the bot­tom cover. Alan Sto­vold Matt Bolton says: Up­grad­ing the SSDs in the Mac­Book Airs is pos­si­ble, but there are com­pli­ca­tions. Airs from 2010 to 2012 (such as Alan’s) can in­deed have their SSDs re­placed, if you’re con­fi­dent with re­plac­ing com­po­nents. How­ever, with the 2013 mod­els, Ap­ple changed the con­nec­tor type used, so if you buy one of the new SSDs sticks com­pat­i­ble with the older mod­els in the hope of us­ing it there, you’ll just have a very ex­pen­sive book­mark.

The 2013 and 2014 mod­els are still wait­ing on a good up­grade op­tion at the time of writ­ing, but (ex­pen­sive) kits are avail­able on­line from US sup­pli­ers such as iFixit.com. Oh, and don’t for­get Ap­ple doesn’t con­sider this a user- re­place­able part, so up­grad­ing your Mac­Book Air’s SSD within the first year of own­er­ship will void your war­ranty. I have a 21.5-in iMac (Late 2009) run­ning OS X 10.9.5. It’s wired up via Eth­er­net to a Belkin N1 A184A8 wire­less mo­dem for in­ter­net ac­cess via ADSL2 to my in­ter­net provider. I also have an early 2008 Mac­Book, run­ning OS X 10.7.5 and an iPad 3 run­ning iOS 8.0.2, both of which con­nect to the in­ter­net via Wi-Fi through the Belkin mo­dem.

Re­cently, I have had to re­set the mo­dem on sev­eral oc­ca­sions as the Wi-Fi had dropped.

I be­lieve the Belkin mo­dem has seen bet­ter days and I would like to re­place it with a more mod­ern wire­less ver­sion be­fore up­dat­ing to Yosemite when it comes out.

As I un­der­stand it, the best op­tion is to go for an 802.11ac dual-band model: but which? There are sev­eral. I would be grate­ful for some ad­vice as to which to plump for (tak­ing into ac­count per­for­mance, ease of set­ting

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