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How to Become a Network Guru

by Matthew Glidden,

About Two-Mac Networks

Networking two Macs together is both useful and relatively straightforward. Whether a two-Mac network is your final goal or you want to leave the option for expansion open, you’ll learn how to set up everything and minimize your costs at the same time.

People often set up a two-Mac network as a one-time connection to move files from an old Mac to a new one. If your network is going to be temporary, the emphasis will probably be on cost rather than performance. Most Mac users can set up a network using only a single cable, so the cost will be minimal.

Note for Owners of New, Colored Macs

Every colored G3, G4, and iMac comes with a 10/100BaseT Ethernet port (some also support 1000BaseT), which means that it can connect to any Ethernet network and automatically match the network’s speed.

Since these models lack serial (modem and printer) ports, they don’t support LocalTalk networks. If you need to connect one of these Macs to LocalTalk computers or printers, you’ll need to use an appropriate adapter. See the Mix LocalTalk & Ethernet page for more info.

What You Need for a Two-Mac Ethernet

The cheapest Ethernet connection, good for two (and only two) computers, is a crossover cable connection. A crossover cable eliminates the need for a hub by switching the cable’s send and receive wires internally. Because these wires are swapped, a crossover cable cannot be used as part of a hub-based network. For more information, see the New Network: Crossover Ethernet Overview page.

What You Need for a Two-Mac LocalTalk

The least expensive LocalTalk network consists of a single serial cable connecting the printer port of both Macs. Serial cables are typically used to connect Macs to printers, modems, and other peripherals, and are extremely common. Since most Mac owners have such a cable in their possession, the cost of this network is practically nothing. For more information, see the New Network: LocalTalk Serial Overview page.

Wireless Networking (AirPort)

Many Mac models released in the last few years can use Apple’s method of wireless networking, known as AirPort. AirPort works like a radio station, with a central broadcasting station (the Base Station) transmitting signals to receivers (AirPort cards) in the nearby Macs. The AirPort Base Station also performs NAT (Network Address Translation), so you can automatically share a modem or high-speed Internet connection across the wireless network.

Technically, you can have up to 255 Macs using a single Base Station at once, although the bandwidth is limited enough (it maxes out at about 1 MB/sec) that network performance would bog down before you got anywhere close to that number.

For more information about AirPort and setting it up, see the New Network: AirPort page.

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Reader Comments (58)

Edouard · August 27, 2002 - 09:36 EST #1
I read your text with great interest. I would like to know if it's possible to create a network with two Macs (G3 with one ethernet port and 1 USB port and a G4 with USB port because the ethernet port is using the ADSL modem). I know there is a USB file sharing cable Databridge or USB/Ethernet adaptors.

Thanks for your future answer.

Lee Bennett (ATPM Staff) · August 27, 2002 - 12:34 EST #2
Edouard - I have never heard of a USB file sharing cable, but I don't know for a fact that they don't exist. I do believe, however, that I've heard of using the USB port for ethernet connections, I believe you'd be seriously diminishing the speed at which you could transfer if you use USB, especially between your two local computers.

The best solution will not only get your two computers networked, but will also permit them to both use your DSL connection—and give you the protection of a firewall. Simply buy a router with built-in switched hub. They can be had for around $60. You connect your DSL modem's ethernet jack to the WAN port of the router, then plug each of your computers, via ethernet, into one of the numbered ports on the router. The router then manages the DSL connection instead of your computer, and feeds connectivity to all attached computers. And, of course, you can turn on file sharing on one of the computers and access it from the other one.
Doug · September 4, 2002 - 20:53 EST #3
I have a G4 OS X 10.2 box downstairs that I want to network with a G3 OS X 10.1.5 box upstairs. I have Cat5 ethernet taps wired throughout the house. I thought I could just plug them in to the computers' data jacks, start File Sharing (and AppleTalk) and be on my way. I can't seem to get them to see each other. Any suggestions?

Lee Bennett (ATPM Staff) · September 5, 2002 - 00:49 EST #4
Doug - how are the ethernet jacks in your home wired? How do they interact with each other? Do they all go to a hub somewhere? Do you have them wired the same as a standard ethernet cable? I'm certainly no ethernet wiring expert, but I do know that you generally need a crossover ethernet cable when connecting two Macs directly with no hub. Yes, I know the newest Macs have auto-switching ethernet ports, but perhaps the multiple segments of wiring are preventing the auto-switch from functioning.
Doug · September 5, 2002 - 13:17 EST #5

Thanks for the response. Verizon wired the house to
what looks like a hub in the basement. All cables are
labled for the rooms they're in. I may have to have
them come out and check their work.


Lee Bennett (ATPM Staff) · September 5, 2002 - 15:18 EST #6
Doug - if Verizon wired it, I'd have thought you'd have no problem. If File Sharing is enabled on one computer, you should simply be able to go into the Finder's Go menu, select Connect to Server and you'd see the host computer in the Local Network. If you do manage to get Verizon techs to double check things, have them make sure that each jack throughout your house would function identically as if you had multiple computers side by side, and connected them into the numbered ports of a standard hub, without going through the walls.

Slightly varied topic: do you have DSL or cable modem service, or are you considering getting it? If so, you should consider, instead, having Verizon help you set it up so that instead of a hub in your basement, bring in the broadband line to your basement and replace the hub with an inexpensive broadband router. The connection would go into the broadband modem, and an ethernet cable would connect from the modem to the router's WAN port. Then, each of the numbered router ports would lead to the various locations in your home. Then, not only could you do File Sharing between your home computers, all of them would also have high speed internet access. And no, you would not have to get into the rigamaroll of port forwarding in the router if you only intend to do File Sharing between your home computers. If you do want to share files to an outside computer, you would have to forward port 548 to the local IP of your home computer that's doing the sharing.
1007461 · September 11, 2002 - 13:31 EST #7
Hi. I have a Beige G3 and a QuickSilver G4. I want to share a DSL connection via AirPort but I'm not certain if I can use the G3 with the Base Station. I'm thinking that I can use an ethernet crossover cable connected to the Base Station and G3, set it up with the AirPort software, and have the G4 communicate via the AirPort card. Is this possible? Any comments or suggestions would be greatly appreciated! By the way, I haven't purchased the AirPort hardware yet because if it doesn't work then I will have to look at other options.

Lee Bennett (ATPM Staff) · September 11, 2002 - 14:08 EST #8
1007461 - you're mostly correct, but a few steps are incorrect. I'm going to take for granted that you want an AirPort setup because your G4 is located somewhere in your house that you don't want to run an ethernet cable far away from your DSL modem. That's fine. Here's what you do:

  1. Connect a standard ethernet cable from the output of your DSL modem to the WAN jack of the AirPort Base Station. (You do not need crossover ethernet cables for any portion of the setup you're desiring.)

  2. Connect a standard ethernet cable from the Base Station's LAN jack to your nearby computer (I'm assuming the G3). The G4 with the AirPort card installed will already have its connection with the Base Station

  3. Connect to the Base Station configuration screens and follow the instructions for both the Base Station and your DSL modem to configure the Base Station to communicate with the DSL modem.

That's basically it. Generally, only cable modem connections automatically provide a TCP signal to your computer (or router/Base Station) without running extra software. Many DSL lines require you to run some sort of PPPoE software such as MacPoET. If you are already running such software on one of your computers, you won't need it any more. I'm afraid I've never directly used a Base Station (I chose to use a wireless Linksys router instead), but I know most routers have built-in PPPoE capability and I just read that the Base Station does, too. If you have difficulty setting it up, you might load Apple's AirPort Knowledge Base page and type 'PPPoE' in the search box.
1007461 · September 11, 2002 - 19:15 EST #9
I appreciate your wisdom! This clears up the matter for me.

1007461 · September 13, 2002 - 10:34 EST #10
Hi again, Lee. After reading your reply on the subject of the Beige G3 and Apple's AirPort, you said "I'm afraid I've never directly used a Base Station (I chose to use a wireless Linksys router instead)." I'm curious, is your wireless network set up for Macs, PC, or both? Could I get info on the hardware you bought? I'm thinking if your setup is for Macintosh, maybe I could go a different route other than Apple's Airport. Much appreciated, 1007461.
Lee Bennett (ATPM Staff) · September 13, 2002 - 12:49 EST #11
1007461 - in my case, there is one Mac and one PC, but it would not make one ounce of difference what platforms are attached. The Base Stations are nice, especially if you're not ready to delve into a third party router and want Apple's easily configured interface to the Base Station. The fact is, for all technical purposes, Apple's Base Station and another manufacturer's wireless router are identical. In fact, the Base Station uses an Orinoco card, so you could buy an Orinoco brand wireless router and, while you wouldn't be able to use the simplified AirPort configuration screens, you'd be using the exact same technology.

For a number of reasons I won't waste time with here, I think a 3rd party router is a better choice—not the least of which is that you can get them much cheaper than a Base Station. Another good reason is that the base station only has one LAN port to attach a non-wireless-equipped computer. If you want more, you have to attach a hub or a switch to that LAN port. 3rd party routers generally have several LAN ports on a built-in switched hub. The Linksys that I use offers four ports.

Something, too, that might help you, if you are wanting to set up encryption on your router: I wrote an article some months ago about about setting up Wi-Fi encryption on nonApple wireless routers.
1007461 · September 13, 2002 - 16:32 EST #12
Hey, thanks Lee.

One other question: for the Quicksilver G4, should I go for the Apple wireless card or will a 3rd party card work in the G4?

Lee Bennett (ATPM Staff) · September 13, 2002 - 23:49 EST #13
That's not so simple a question when you're talking about desktops. If it were a laptop, it's easy because I prefer an actual AirPort card so that it is entirely inside my computer and nothing is sticking out. Third-party wireless cards for laptops come in the form of PCMCIA cards with it's antenna sticking out.

Desktop Macs don't come with PCMCIA slots and I've never seen any nonApple wireless cards in any other form. I could be wrong, but I'm not sure you have any option for a wireless card in your desktop other than the AirPort card. There is, however, another option that I'm aware of and might be less expensive—but I have absolutely no data on how reliable the option is. You could also use a wireless to ethernet bridge. This is a device that would sit on your desk somewhere and you connect it to your computer with a standard ethernet cable—bridging (converting) a wireless signal to the built-in ethernet port you already have.

Good luck.
David Deer · October 28, 2002 - 12:41 EST #14
I don't know if this is the right place to ask but I am using a Hermstedt Webshuttle 2 to access the internet via ISDN. I want to allow users to drop files into a shared folder on the desktop after dialing my ISDN number. I have set up internet access successfully and the webshuttle says it is listening when I am now online. However, I haven't a clue as to how I go about allowing another Mac to dial in and leave me some files. Can you help? My Mac is running OS 9. Regards,
Seth Merritt · February 19, 2003 - 03:41 EST #15
I am trying to connect a beige G3 to an iMac through an ethernet cable. I can't seem to get them to recognize each other and I am not sure whether it is the cable or if there is some problem with the way I set it up internally. Could you let me know any suggestions?
David Deer · February 19, 2003 - 06:14 EST #16
See if this page helps.


David Tai · April 23, 2003 - 19:19 EST #17
I have two Macs, a G4 laptop and an 8600. The G4 is running OS X and the 8600 is running OS 9.2, I just installed DSL on the 8600 and want to share it with the G4. How can I do this? I have a hub and the two computers are already file sharing.
Lee Bennett (ATPM Staff) · April 23, 2003 - 21:42 EST #18
David - you need a router to handle the DSL connection and then provide connectivity to your computers. Most routers these days have a built-in switched hub, so you may not need the hub you have now.

This page should help a bit.
Nat Freeman · June 18, 2003 - 23:34 EST #19
Is it possible to get two eMacs connected, using Appletalk, over a telephone line? I would like my eMac, using OS 9.2, to call up my neigbors eMac, using Apple Remote Access, typing in his number, etc. How can I get his eMac to answer the phone and then get the two computers connected? I searched all over the web for this answer. We would like to use the connection to play a game which we can do when hooking up the two Macs using ethernet cables.

Here's the question simplified: instead of linking our two Macs via ethernet cables, can we link them by having one of our Macs call the other via phone lines?

Thanks for any help and for all the other helpful hints on this page.
Nat Freeman · June 20, 2003 - 22:22 EST #20
I figuered it out on my own, and here I will answer my own question--it's for Mac OS 9. Open Remote Access then, in the RemoteAccess menu, go to Answering and set your computer to accept calls. On the computer that will do the calling, use Remote Access to type in the phone number for the answering computer, etc. Set TCP/IP for Appletalk on both computers as if you were connecting two computers via Ethernet. Also, in File Sharing, set it so guests can dial into the computer (for the answering computer).
John Kershaw · December 18, 2003 - 12:38 EST #21
Can the same be achieved on OS X? I'm using 10.2.8 and would like to do the same as Nat.
Lorne Kenney · April 25, 2004 - 11:28 EST #22
We have two iMacs that I have successfully networked together through a router. We can both see the other's desktop from our respective computers and vice versa.
It's great for file sharing and we are both connected to the Internet by this means.
However, I have no idea how to network the printers.
Presently we have a Lexmark Z22 inkjet attached to one computer and a Samsung ML-1210 laser printer attached to the other. Both are running fine.
However, it would be good if we could print from either computer on either printer.
How would I set this up?
Evan Trent (ATPM Staff) · July 8, 2004 - 09:40 EST #23
You can't connect the two PowerBooks via Localtalk because one machine has a printer (serial) port and the other does not. The best bet would be to buy an Ethernet PCMCIA card for the 5300, and then setting up an Ethernet network between the two machines.

Alternatively you could buy a wireless PCMCIA card for the 5300 and, if your POwerBook G4 has Airport built in, you could do a peer to peer wireless network. See:

For more information. This is probably the easiest and most sensible option, although if your Powerbook G4 does not have Airport built in it would require an added investment to equip that machine as well.
Harihara · July 31, 2004 - 17:52 EST #24
How to connect two computers that are been connnected by the AIRPORT card only?.PEER TO PEER...
Lee Bennett (ATPM Staff) · July 31, 2004 - 21:10 EST #25
Harihara - Turn on AirPort, then turn on Create Network and put in your desired settings. Next, turn on file sharing on one of the computers, then connect to it via the Connect to Server menu item (Command-K from the Finder) on the other computer, then you should be in business.
joe fish · March 28, 2005 - 19:17 EST #26

I'm trying to network a Powerbook G4 800 MHz with a Desktop G4 400 MHz (with Gigabit ethernet PCI slot installed). The main idea is to use the desktop machine for audio plug-ins. I'm planning to connect them directly via crossover ethernet cable. Since I don't have a monitor for the Desktop machine, I'm wondering if I'll be able to do this by just powering up both computers with the ethernet ports connected or do I need to find a monitor first and adjust settings. i.e. will I be able to see the desktop's screen through my powerbook? if not, is there any other way to use a powerbook as a monitor in this situation? thanks
ATPM Staff · March 28, 2005 - 19:42 EST #27
Joe - to the best of my knowledge, you'll need a monitor. No, I'm pretty sure there's not a way to use the PowerBook's screen as a monitor for the desktop. It _is_ possible to see the desktop's display on your powerbook using software such as Timbuktu (about 98 bucks) or Apple Remote Desktop (280 bucks for 10-client version). You can also use a VNC server which is sluggish, but free. But, in all three cases, you have to set it up on the desktop first, then connect to it from the remote computer.

What you should probably do is find a monitor to attach to your desktop, fire it up, and set it so that if you have to reboot it, it automatically logs in to a particular user. Then turn on file sharing. Once that's done, your PowerBook can connect to it to access items on the hard drive. File sharing does not enable you to see the desktop's display, but you can access the files, which sounds like is all you want to do.
sandy holland · April 5, 2005 - 20:59 EST #28
I'm trying to figure out how to connect my neighbors G4 to my G5. What's the best way to do this? Does the Ethernet cable require an internet connection or is it separate? Can we just run an ethernet cable from my computer to hers, turn on apple talk and be off and running or is there more to it?
ATPM Staff · April 5, 2005 - 22:48 EST #29
Sandy - if you don't need to share an internet connection, yes, you can connect with an ethernet cable (G5s and the later G4s will auto-switch, but you may still wish to use a crossover ethernet cable to be safe). This will work as-is if both machines are running Mac OS X. If one or both machines are running OS 9, enable AppleTalk on both and set it for Ethernet.

Alternatively, and especially if you also want to share an internet connection, just get an inexpensive broadband router. At the moment of this writing, you can get a D-Link router for free! (Well, plus a few bucks shipping.) CompUSA also has a Belkin router for $15 after a pretty hefty rebate. With the router, both machines would connect to the router's ports to share the internet connection fed to the router's WAN port, and they'd both be able to transfer files via file sharing through the router just the same as if you had connected them directly.
eve lee · April 11, 2005 - 09:16 EST #30
I just bought a G5 (Mac OS X) and would like to transfer all my data from my G3 imac (OS9.1) to my new computer. How do I go about doing this and what cables to I have to get?
ATPM Staff · April 11, 2005 - 22:52 EST #31
Eve - all the latest Macs have included a utility built into the Setup Assistant (it appears when you turn on the computer for the first time) to help a user migrate from an old Mac to a new one by copying all the documents over and matching the prior settings. We're not 100% positive, but we're fairly sure that this utility should be able to pull information from an OS 9 machine. It works over Firewire, however. You put the old machine in Firewire target disk mode (which makes it like an external hard drive to the new machine) and connect it with a Firewire cable to the new machine. If the old machine does not have a Firewire port, you won't be able to use it and the only way to get your data over would be to connect them via ethernet, turn on file sharing, and send documents across manually.
Kevin Perkins · April 18, 2005 - 19:10 EST #32
i've got a g4 tower and an 300ghz ibook. I blew the monitor on the G4 and need to get to some files on it. I'll get a new monitor in a week or two, but i know there's a way to get the HD to show up on the ibook. I have a crossover cable, and have them hooked up together, but nothing shows. Do i have to restart the G4 and the ibook?? I heard somewhere about holding down the "t". Can you confirm this???
ATPM Staff · April 18, 2005 - 20:35 EST #33
Kevin - the G4 can operate in what is called Firewire Target Disk mode. Yes, you do activate it by holding down the T key while you start up, but you do not use an ethernet cable (either standard or crossover). You need to use a Firewire cable. Then, you simply treat the computer just like it was an external Firewire hard drive, which means after it's mounted as an additional drive on your iBook and you've finished getting files, you'll want to unmount it (i.e. drag it to the trash can) before disconnecting or shutting off the G4.
Kevin Perkins · April 18, 2005 - 21:11 EST #34
Thanks for the quick response except that the ibook doesn't have a firewire port. guess ill need a FW-USB wire.
ATPM Staff · April 18, 2005 - 22:59 EST #35
Kevin - doh, you're right. Firewire is the only way I know of to access a computer's hard drive without having to boot it up with a monitor. Sure, you can boot it up, but to do file sharing via ethernet, you'd have to navigate to the Sharing preference pane and turn it on. I'm afraid operating a computer without a monitor is like driving a car with the windows blacked out. It can be done, but no one would recommend it!
Ernesto Rodriguez · September 1, 2005 - 17:19 EST #36
Can I network two machines via Firewire 2? everything else is taken up.
ATPM Staff · September 1, 2005 - 19:23 EST #37
Ernesto - you sure can, if you're running OS X 10.3.x (Panther) or later.

Open up the Mac OS Help Viewer and search for IP over FireWire or do some Google searching on that topic for some extra information. But it essentially involves adding the FireWire port as a new item in the Network Configuration list.
chad nelson · September 6, 2005 - 20:13 EST #38
stupid question. i wanna drag files from one mac to another using firewire cable. can't remember procedure of hook-up/start-up. any help? thanks.
ATPM Staff · September 6, 2005 - 22:31 EST #39
Chad - it's pretty simple. First, shut down the Mac that you want to act as an external hard drive. Connect it to another Mac with a FireWire cable. Then boot the computer back up with the T key held down. Release the T key when you see the FireWire logo on your screen. That computer's hard drive will soon show up as a mounted volume on the second Mac. Be sure to eject/unmount the drive before disconnecting, just as you would any other volume.
jimmy · September 7, 2005 - 18:16 EST #40
i need some help
was hoping to copy my entire hard drive from one b&w g3 to another
the one i want to copy is running OS 9.2
the one i want to copy it to is running OSX 10.3
would it be possible to use target disk mode with a firewire cable?
or even just a crossover ethernet cable to drag files from one to the other?
i tried a crossover cable but the newer g3 doesn't SEE the other one--i turned file sharing on
do i have to do it online?
i'm a novice---please walk me through it
i figured it would be easier than physically taking the hard drive out and slaving it in the newer machine
thanx for any help you can provide
ATPM Staff · September 7, 2005 - 18:52 EST #41
Jimmy - FireWire target disk mode would certainly be the fastest solution. Just follow the steps I described in the comment prior to yours. Put the older G3 in target disk mode and your newer G3 should see it mount as a new drive. You can then open two Finder windows—one for the old G3 that you mounted via FireWire, and another for the newer G3. Then just navigate to the proper folders and drag over any items you wish to copy.
jimmy · September 7, 2005 - 21:13 EST #42
i have the g3 i want to transfer the files TO hooked up to my monitor
the g3 i want to transfer files FROM is off
i connect them via a firewire cable
i then boot up the older g3 holding down the T key
but nothing happens
what am i doing wrong?
ATPM Staff · September 7, 2005 - 21:47 EST #43
Jimmy - oops, okay, apologies. Power Mac desktops with G3 processors seem to not be on Apple's list of machines that support target disk mode. Very bizarre, and too bad.

Ideally, if you have a broadband internet connection coming in to your location, you'd have a router to share the 'net connection among your machines. If not, connect the two computers with the crossover ethernet cable. To be safe, change the Network (TCP/IP on the OS 9 machine) settings on both computers so that they'll know they're on the same network. For example, give one a manual IP of and the other one Set the Router (or Gateway) address to and the subnet mask to

Once you've done either of the above procedures, turn on File Sharing on the OS X machine (it will be simpler). This is found in the Sharing Preference Pane. Then, on the OS 9 machine, open the Chooser and select AppleShare. The share name of your OS X machine should appear on the right side of the window. If not, click the Server IP Address button and enter the manual IP address you gave the OS X machine.

The OS 9 machine should then prompt you for a user name and password. Use the short version of your login name and password for the OS X machine. (The short version of your login name can be seen as the name of your OS X home folder if you don't already know what it is.)

Once you've authenticated, you'll be asked which volumes you want to connect to. In your case, you'll probably see both the main hard drive name and your short user name (home folder) from the OS X machine. It doesn't matter which you select, but if you choose the user name, you'll only be able to copy items into your home folder.
chris howgate · November 8, 2005 - 03:42 EST #44
Hi i have just set up a network at home and though i can see eachothers drop boxes we cant seem to see eachothers respective desktops is there something i've missed?
ATPM Staff · November 8, 2005 - 09:33 EST #45
Chris - yes, there's something you've missed. It's called security.

With plain guest access, you'll only be able to see the contents of the other computers' public folders and upload stuff into (but not look inside) the Drop Box.

If you want full access to the computers, you'll need to choose the option to log in as a registered user instead of as a guest. You'll then need the login name and password for the account on the remote computers you want to have access to.
mike horn · December 21, 2005 - 13:39 EST #46
Hello, I just got a new G5 and already have a G4 here at work. I am on a network with 4 other macs, and 2 pcs. I work at a print company, and run "Rampage Client" on OS 9, but need to run 0S X and all new software, ie CS2 for customer jobs, but we have not upgraded our rampage to OSX yet, and I need both so that I can use rampage and OS 9 files, along with running OSX software but on the same monitor, on this entire network already. How do I go about this, or do I need to also purchase an application to do this?

Thank you kindly for your response,
ATPM Staff · December 21, 2005 - 15:32 EST #47
Mike - you should probably ask the developers of RamPage.
guy mcgrane · January 30, 2006 - 22:11 EST #48
I have an old 7100/66 running OS8.1 and just got a new ibook G4 running OS 10.4. I'd like to network them together to get all the files from the 7100 onto the ibook. I found an ethernet cable and AAUI adapter to connect the ethernet ports on the 2 computers, and upgraded appleshare to appleshare client version 3.8.6, so that the 7100 can share files with the ibook as a server over TCP/IP. I can never get the 7100 to turn on file sharing without seeing the error message "file sharing could not be enabled". Can see the 7100 from the ibook and vice-versa, but cannot connect and share files from either. Any suggestions
ATPM Staff · January 30, 2006 - 23:11 EST #49
Guy - without more details, we don't have an end-all response, but our first recommendations are to 1) let the iBook be the server and not the 7100 (the iBook will serve much faster and more efficiently) and 2) try trashing all the prefs for File Sharing and TCP/IP on both machines and re-entering the information, then try again.
Josie Brockbank · February 10, 2006 - 12:11 EST #50
I am a new user of computers. I have a iMac 0S X and a Hewlett Packard 76000 printer. I get message when I want to print - "No printer selected." How can I change it and select HP Photosmart so that I can print? Would very much appreciate a simple answer. Thanks.
Tom Bridge (ATPM Staff) · February 10, 2006 - 12:24 EST #51
Hi Josie,

You'll need to install the photosmart drivers, then once that's done, click Add, click Other Printers..., select HP Photosmart, then select your printer.

Siyani McFall · February 19, 2006 - 15:59 EST #52
I have a wallstreet running 9.2 that I want to transfer files from to a g4 desktop. The wallstreet has ethernet, if I connect the two with a crossover will the laptop show up as a new drive on the desktop? Is there a specific way to setup my laptop? Thanks.
Lee Bennett (ATPM Staff) · February 19, 2006 - 16:49 EST #53
Siyani - I just answered this same question on a different networking page on our site.
Chris Kennedy · April 18, 2006 - 22:02 EST #54
Great page, but am still lost, quite lost.

We want to set up a network using 2 macs running on OS X 10 and to be able to use a printer and scanner which is already attached to one of the macs.

In this instance, I presume, that ethernet is the way to go. Is it possible for us to use a firewire cable to share access to printer/scanner as against ethernet[save that for when we are using the internet?].

I think I am overloaded with all going around in circles.

If you have a link, that would be appropriate, please post it...I don't expect a ''full'' explanation. I have tried the 'apple help', but couldn't find anything that was ''helpful''.

thanks muchly,

Vanessa · November 23, 2006 - 18:47 EST #55
Can somebody please help me!!!!!!!!
Hey hi, i want to connect two G5 using a D-link router to share internet and a printer, one g5 uses "phantom" and the other one the "tiger" I do not have any clue how to do it!!!! Please help me out!
Zoe Nolan · February 26, 2008 - 18:51 EST #56
Please Help !
I just got a new mac OS X Version 10.5.1 laptop and i currently have a Mac OS X version 10.3.9. I hooked a cable up to both of them connecting one another to each computer but how do i get my files off my big computer to my new laptop?
Lee Bennett (ATPM Staff) · February 26, 2008 - 23:42 EST #57
Zoe - On the 10.3 machine, go to the System Preferences and select Sharing. Turn on the File Sharing service.

Then, on the 10.5 machine, head to the Go menu in the Finder, and select Connect To Server. If the 10.3 machine doesn't automatically show up, you can try connecting manually by putting in the 10.3 machine's local IP address. You can find this by going to the Network panel on the 10.3 machine's System Preferences. Once you connect, the 10.5 machine will ask you to log in. Don't use guest...type in the user name of your account on the 10.3 machine and your password. If it all works, then the 10.3 machine's hard drive should appear as a shared volume on your 10.5 machine, and you can copy files at will.
Vernon Y · July 25, 2008 - 18:10 EST #58
How do I get two macs to work together with their inbuilt wireless cards. Having tried many times ( I know it does work because it has worked Once but I forgot what I did) I need a 1 2 3 guide . Many thanks in anticipation

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