iMac wireless w/ pc wireless

Discussion in 'iMac' started by deanops, Jan 28, 2007.

  1. deanops macrumors regular

    Jan 16, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia
    i'm on the verge of getting an iMac - 20in definate!!! one thing is just bugging me;
    it has wireless connectivity.. if i purchase a wireless pci card for my windows pc will they talk without a roter??

    All i need is the internet on both and filesharing. cable is an option but getting the cable from one side of the house to the other... well you know!;)

    thanks in advance:apple:
  2. swiftaw macrumors 603


    Jan 31, 2005
    Omaha, NE, USA
    there is no mac wireless and pc wireless. Wireless is a universal standard, so everything should 'play nice'
  3. deanops thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 16, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia
    nah im saying if i have a wireless mac and a wireless pc.. sorry worded it wrong... will it work without a router is my question
  4. deanops thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 16, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia
    what does a router do that 2 wireless computers cant?
  5. vansouza macrumors 68000


    Mar 28, 2006
    West Plains, MO USA Earth
    It should be just fine

    Sounds like you are connected to the internet on one pc and it shares its connection with other pcs wirelessly. No matter what, if a pc can do it then an iMac can do it too...
  6. mwmoriarty macrumors newbie


    Nov 24, 2010
    London, Canada
    One computer sharing Internet connection with the other wirelessly

    I don't believe either computer can share the internet with the other wirelessly. You would still need a router.
  7. aggri1 macrumors 6502

    Jul 21, 2010
    Friend of mine has a wireless internet USB stick (is that the same kind of thing as mobile phones which have the internet use? I think so). Currently the USB wireless modem is in her iMac. I tried using the Internet Sharing of Mac OS X to make a local wireless network over which the wireless internet connection could be shared with her PC laptop.

    I couldn't get this working despite trying all sorts of things. The PC WinXP netbook just couldn't seem to connect to the iMac's (airport) network.

    Don't know why.

    Anyway, the point is that in principle an internet connection should be able to be shared, though it doesn't always work.
  8. mrfoof82 macrumors 6502a

    May 26, 2010
    Boston, MA
    Actually, Windows has the "Internet Connection Sharing" for this very reason, and it appeared as a regular feature back in Windows XP. Lots of wireless chipsets support operating in a peer-to-peer or mesh mode. I've never used it, but it absolutely exists and has since at least 802.11b (if not 802.11a).
  9. biggd macrumors 6502


    Apr 6, 2008
    Hey an Australia!
    I'll just say you need a router to act as ur wireless hub.

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