<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>sharing an internet connection is another. <br><br>He definitely needs a router for that...<p><hr></blockquote><p>Well, actually that's not true. You can share your connection over Ethernet, Firewire or just use the Sharing panel in the System Prefs between the Mac plugged in to the Cable modem and the other plugged in to a switch or with Airport cards in both.<br><br>But I get what you're saying, and it IS easier to just get a router.<br><br>
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I've actually never had much luck sharing internet just through the system prefs panel..<br><br>Then again, I don't think I gave it much effort before I simply bought my router. They're dirt cheap these days, and pretty easy to set up as well. <br><br>
Giz mentions it below, but I wanted to tell you I have two iMac G5, both with airport cards, and I am sharing files, and internet connections. A gaggle of folks at MC helped me months ago to set it up and get going. Then I loaned out my Mac. Just got it back and tried to set it up once again. Couldn't get it going even with all the instructions I carefully saved.<br><br>I ordered Airport Express. While waiting for it, I got the "soft" airport connection/share configuration working once again successfully. [If Kate can do it, anyone can ]. No I have the Airport Express sitting here and wonder if I really need it?<br><br>Can anyone tell me why using Airport Express would be better?<br><br>Hope you get something going for yourself.<br><br>KateMate
Sharing sucks. That's like printer sharing...leaving one computer awake and running just to allow the other to print. Ugh. <br><br>Routers are cheap enough...and I've never done any configuring. Just plug it in and go. <br><br>
The firewall is on by default. Plug an go. Well, give the router a pasword maybe, but if you have remote administration off, which they come set to by default, that really doesn't matter either.<br><br>
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