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Old Apr 30, 2008, 12:55 AM   #1
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How to set up a Mac and PC for internet connection sharing?

Hey all, I'm thinking of getting a Mac and I know you can set up a Mac and PC up for internet sharing, but I don't really know how. I've been googling' and I found out about a cross-over connection, which, as far as I understand, requires you to plug both your PC's and Mac's Ethernet cables into an Ethernet hub to make a connection.

OK, so I was hoping one of you could give me a detailed explanation on how this cross-over thing is done, including what to do on both of the machines (and what I need to do it).

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Old Apr 30, 2008, 08:30 AM   #2
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You need a router. That's it.
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Old Apr 30, 2008, 10:57 AM   #3
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"Ethernet crossover cables" are VERY OLD technology. Most modern computers don't need it. (Ethernet ports on Macs can auto-crossover for a long time now).

You should get one of the AirPort products.

I have the AirPort Extreme.
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Old Apr 30, 2008, 07:04 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by Str8edgepunker View Post
You need a router. That's it.
Technically that's not true. But pactically, yes just buy a router.

The reason is that now days a low-end home router costs not much more than a hub. But if you attempt the connection sharing thing using a hub both computers will have to be powered up at once. Also the router will have a nice firewall built in and some other usfull features as well.

So I agree "buy a router" If you are strapped for cash look on ebay or creigslist
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Old May 13, 2008, 12:54 PM   #5
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Apple does sell an over priced Ethernet wireless N router witch does you no good use, if you have the pc running g or even b. I would rec emend going to a computer parts store, and just getting a good but cheap linksus router. you don't need to do much on the mac if all three connections (Modem, Mac, and PC) are connected to the router.
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