Bonjour!

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by regre7, Jun 21, 2006.

  1. regre7 macrumors 6502

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    I'm getting close to buying a MBP, and I've already got a wireless network set up at home. I've read a bit about Bonjour, but I'd like to hear from actual users about what it's useful for. I'm mostly interested in file sharing with a Windows machine, but I'd also like to know about printer sharing.

    Thanks.
     
  2. realityisterror macrumors 65816

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    To be honest, Bonjour for Windows hasn't actually done anything for me...

    Bonjour is great in that you can chat with people on your network easily, you can connect two computers in a network and they immediately recognize each other, you don't need to configure your printer when you share it...
    But none of that has truly worked for me in Windows. Sometimes Windows devices show up in my "Network" panel, sometimes I have to connect directly with their internal IP address. Printer sharing (Mac --> PC --> Printer) still hasn't worked predictably, so I just transfer the file and print from that computer...

    In a nutshell, ultimately, everything will work, though it'll take more work and headache (though not necessarily a lot) to get Windows and Mac to cooperate.
     
  3. regre7 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Is it really true that if two AirPort-equipped Macs (let's say a MBP and a MB) are within range, they'll be able to network without a base station?
     
  4. Some_Big_Spoon macrumors 6502a

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    The ONLY thing Bonjour for windows (Rendezvous since Bonjour is stupid) has done for me is windows printing, both via shared printing and Airport Express. Otherwise, it seems like it's a bastard child beta program waiting for something more.



     
  5. realityisterror macrumors 65816

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    Yup, I've used it on multiple occasions to share files with buddies...

    On one computer you'll need to "Create Network..." from the Airport menu. Enter a name and preferably a password.
    On the other, join the network from the Airport menu. Enter password if you need to.

    Assuming File Sharing is enabled in System Preferences for both, they'll both see each other in the Network pane of the Finder.
     
  6. superbovine macrumors 68030

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    yes, but bonjour has nothing to do with that part.
     
  7. gekko513 macrumors 603

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    Yes, it's very easy to set up. You only need one Mac, though. The others can be PCs or Macs.
     
  8. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Yes. You can use an AirPort-equipped Mac as a wireless base station.
     
  9. regre7 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    That's awesome! I'd never dreamed of being able to do that. Well...
     
  10. superbovine macrumors 68030

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    agreed.
     
  11. someguy macrumors 68020

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    A necessity (for my anyways) when printing from networked Mac and Windows machines to a USB printer plugged into AirPort Express. Makes setting up the printer on both OS's (typically Windows XP and Mac OS X Tiger) a breeze. :)
     
  12. realityisterror macrumors 65816

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    Bonjour doesn't play in with connecting the two machines, but it makes it easier to access the other's files once you are connected. I've tried sharing a video file with a Windows PC using the same method, and we couldn't connect. I'm sure it's possible if you could somehow figure out what IP addresses the computers were given, and if you know how to, please let me know. But it's not as easy as looking in Network and double-clicking "Super Bovine's Computer".

    Can you share files and/or Internet access between a Mac and a PC when you set up your network in that way? I've only been able to do Mac/Mac sharing... :eek:
     
  13. gekko513 macrumors 603

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    I've done PC-Mac file sharing like this without any problems, but I've had some troubles sharing the internet connection from a Mac to a PC through wireless. Mac-Mac was never a problem in either case.
     
  14. superbovine macrumors 68030

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    ip address windows: start->run->cmd (click ok)->ipconfig <enter>
    ip address mac-> preferences->network->select the card->tcp/ip tab
    or
    terminal->ifconfig

    You can share files from mac and pc.
    http://guides.macrumors.com/Networking_Windows_with_Mac_OS_X
     

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