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Easiest way to network G4 and PC

to share connection

     

nicebloke

11:37 pm on Nov 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I have a Win 2000 PC connected via an ADSL modem, and a G4 laptop.

I want to share the broadband connection with this lovely machine, if at all possible .. what are my options?

Thankyou.

[edited by: nicebloke at 1:08 am (utc) on Nov. 29, 2003]

jimbo_mac

11:45 pm on Nov 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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buy yourself a 4 port -adsl router.

nicebloke

1:34 am on Nov 29, 2003 (gmt 0)

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OK ta, will this get around compatibility problems between my adsl modem and the G4?

jamesa

5:25 am on Nov 29, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Check out routers that also support wireless (802.11), like Apple's Airport. There's nothing like being able to take the laptop anywhere in the house while maintaining a live connection.

<added>Note: You'll need a Airport card in your laptop if you don't already have one. Check System Profiler.</added>

aus_dave

1:21 pm on Nov 30, 2003 (gmt 0)

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will this get around compatibility problems between my adsl modem and the G4?

Not sure about your exact setup, but I run a G5 and Win2K machine on a network via a 4 port ADSL router as jimbo_mac suggested. I can only administer the router settings from the Win2K machine, but other than that it works very well (the G5 recgonised and connected to the network during its initial setup, fantastic stuff :)).

I find each computer occasionally can't find the other one though. The keychain in OS X is a mystery to me as it doesn't seem to help the situation - I get asked for network passwords a lot of the time.

timster

2:14 pm on Dec 1, 2003 (gmt 0)

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If you want to use your laptop wherever, you might consider an Airport BaseStation and an airport card in your laptop. You can then set up your Airport to act as a router, sharing your Internet access among your machines.

(This is how I set up my cross-platform home LAN. It was pretty easy and very convenient, but not the cheapest way.)

richmc

2:50 pm on Dec 1, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Buy a cheap USB wifi adaptor for the PC.

I've got an XP Box with PCI ADSL modem happily sharing its connection with a Powerbook and Airport Extreme card using a Netgear MA101.

It's not got the best range (shop around for something a bit more quality if you need to) but its a *lot* cheaper than an Airport or ADSL Router etc etc.

nicebloke

7:22 pm on Dec 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Thanks mate. Next time I'll just shout over the desk.
 

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