View Full Version : PC/Mac Networking Problem
12-26-2000, 08:52 PM
I am attempting to network my Mac and PC at home. I have a spanking new PC with ethernet port, and an older desktop G3 with an enternet port. Now, I also have a cable modem -- I want to split that line (like with a Linksys) so that BOTH systems can be net-ready. However, the cable modem uses the ethernet ports. What's a guy to do?
12-26-2000, 10:31 PM
Welcome to "broadband" http://geekvillage.com/ubb/smile.gif
Get yourself a Hub. I prefer 3Com. Then get some Cat 5 cable. The cable that currently goes into your PC or MAC "Nic" then goes into the uplink/Wan port of your hub.
Then you connect each Nic/machine to the other ports on the Hub via Cat 5.
Be sure and check with your cable provider ** before ** you do this to insure it doesn't violate your TOS and they may also have specific brands of Hubs and or Nic cards which they know work. You are effectively "sharring" a single dynamic or static IP with 2 computers for simultaneous net connection.
They (ISPs) can and do regularly "ping through" to see whats going on http://geekvillage.com/ubb/smile.gif
Finally, you need a software firewall like ZoneAlarm or Black Ice and whatever else the Mac world uses. They can still ping through these solutions to see whats going on.
A better but more costly solution is the LinkSys Router as it includes a hardware Firewall AND you can easily set up a Peer to Peer Lan with your 2 boxes. In this case you still need to check with your provider before you do it.
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I just got a PC for christmas and am doing the exact same thing http://geekvillage.com/ubb/smile.gif Got the internet sharing thing figured out, just can't get the PC to read my mac and vise versa.
To share the cable modem is very easy. All you need to do is buy an Ethernet hub from any computer store for $30 or so. Plug the cable modem into the hub, connect a ethernet cord from the computers to the hub also, and voila! Internet on all computers. Hope that helps! If you have any more questions feel free to ask.
P.S.: Steve, you really need to get a computer forum started. This post seems really awkward in the Webmaster forum but is the best place I guess http://geekvillage.com/ubb/smile.gif
lol me and steve posted only seconds apart from each other http://geekvillage.com/ubb/smile.gif
Anyways, you can do it Steve's way I guess.... http://geekvillage.com/ubb/smile.gif
12-27-2000, 04:04 PM
DJ_B: You might want to check into these products.
pcmaclan allows a pc to be connected to a mac network/server and share files. I had to set this up for a client once and it seemed to work just fine. If the printer is on the mac network, you might need some special drivers to print through the pc to it. http://www.pcmaclan.com/
also, I use macopener to open files on mac cd's and stuff like that on my pc, works fine for removeable media, not sure how it works for a network drive. http://www.dataviz.com/products/macopener/index.html
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