View Full Version : networking wireless, pc, and mac with router
06-07-2005, 11:19 PM
I have a networking problem and I hope someone can help me figure this out.
As of right now, we have an iMac and a powerbook G4 hooked up to our DSL internet (the laptop is wireless, the iMac by cable). Now we want to add a Windows machine onto the internet network.
We bought a linksys router a while ago and are now trying to hook it up so that all three computers can share the internet. I am guessing that the order of equipment goes as: internet to router, router to airport station and router to two desktop machines (imac and windows machine). Am I doing this order right?
The final bit is getting the router hooked up. From reading the docs I need to configure the router. Unfortunately the CD that came with the linksys router does not include any Macintosh software to configure the router.
Any ideas? Should I just configure the router via the windows machine? How will this affect the Airport?
06-08-2005, 12:29 AM
Routers are normally configured through some type of web setup, maybe try 192.168.0.1 to access your routers settings.
I have a pc myself so I am not sure about mac's but I guess the mac has some type of generic network built in.
I really don't know if I have been any help there, but normally it is just a case of plugging it all in and it recognises the network. You set your router to access the net and off you go.
06-08-2005, 12:44 AM
It's 192.168.1.1 by default, actually. You shouldn't have any problems accessing the router configuration through a browser on your mac via that address. I wouldn't bother with the CD that comes with the router.
EDIT: Hmm...Nevermind! Guess 192.168.0.1 works, too.
06-08-2005, 12:51 AM
Ah right, well mine is 192.168.0.1, it is a Netgear router. Anyway I guess you could use either one as they are both valid.
06-08-2005, 01:42 AM
You may not have to configure the router at all.
One thing to note:
Apple machines communicate using a protocol called AFP.
Windows machines communicate with a protocol called SMB.
Linux machines communicate with a protocol called NFS.
Apple OS X and Linux machines have the modules to communicate in all 3 systems. Microsoft, on the other hand, doesn't support any other network protocols but its own, SMB.
So, if you're using Apple OS X, what you have to do is switch on its SMB server.
In OS X, go to:
System Preferences > Sharing > Services
Click the box that says "Windows Sharing", which will switch on SMB.
I really hate it when some computer companies don't play nicely!!!
TIP: If you're running a WiFi network, make sure you switch on WPA security (or WEP as a second choice) and use a password to log in. That'll stop others "grazing" on your broadband connection.
06-08-2005, 07:32 AM
If you're just looking to have internet access to your Windows PC and Mac's it's just a matter of configuring the network settings for each workstation. And if you're not planning on sharing files between the PC and Mac, don't worry about SMB on the Mac.
My home network is a mix of PC's and Mac's, both wired and wireless, laptops and workstations (about 8 systems in all), and running Windows XP Pro, XP Home, Mac 0S 9.0, OS X, and Linux. It was just a matter of letting each workstation know the address of the router which also hands out all the IP's. Additionally, although my router is setup to assign IP's via DHCP and also provide DNS nameserver addresses, I still have to hardcode the IP's of the DNS servers into the network configuration on my PC.
You may or may not have to reconfigure your router depending on your current setup. If it does DHCP, then just plug your PC in and set the IP of your router and select DHCP in Windows network configuration. After you boot up, do an "ipconfig" to see if you get a valid IP address. If you do but still can't get access to the internet, try entering the IP addresses for you DNS nameservers in the Windows network dialog box as well.
As far as the order of things, you are correct: Internet -> router, wireless AP to router, remaining computers plugged into your router.
Other than that, should be a breeze.
06-08-2005, 07:32 AM
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