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Is it possible?
Intranet without DNS

 4:45 pm on Mar 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

I'd like to setup an intrAnet with 2 or more mac's and no connection to the internet or an ISP. I'd like to be able to print over the intrAnet and server Web pages from one of the machines to it-self and the other computer/s. Is there a good "How to"? Can I do this with a wireless router or do I need some other hardware?



 9:10 pm on Mar 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

Bonjour is your best bet for simple networking:


I'm not sure how well it works w/ third party wireless routers, but it works perfectly w/ my Airport Extreme.

Basically, Bonjour makes every computer on the network accessible by its name. So if you have a MacBook Pro named "Tom", you'd enter Tom.local as the address.

As for a web server, Apache is built-in. Look under Sharing in System Preferences.


 7:29 pm on Mar 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

Don't run out and buy that wireless router just yet. You may be able to use one of the Macs (possibly the webserver) as the router.

BTW, are you familiar with the basics of setting up a TCP/IP subnet?

I'll try to check this out tonight when I'm when my Macs.


 10:55 pm on Mar 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

you familiar with the basics of setting up a TCP/IP subnet?

No, don't know how to setup a subnet. The control panel doesn't seem that complicated, can you send me to a good "How to"?


 4:08 am on Mar 22, 2007 (gmt 0)

I mean post a link to a good "How to" or tutorial?


 1:27 am on Mar 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

Would 'Bonjour' work with windows machines being able to access the web server on the mac and what url would the other (non-server) machines use to access the web pages?


 1:54 pm on Mar 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

The link I posted above includes the Bonjour client for Windows. As for the other machines accessing your web server, they would use the same "web-server.local" naming format I mentioned above.

The name is set under System Preferences > Sharing. Click edit under the name to set it to what you want.

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