Internet routers

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by dorqiekat, Jul 4, 2004.

  1. dorqiekat macrumors 6502a

    Jul 3, 2004
    I'm planning on getting a linksys router. Both my roommates have windows and I was wondering if there will be any problems commecting the 3 computers with cable if I have a mac. We went to best buy, assuming that the tech guy held the answers. He said that macs are not compatible with PCs and if we want to connect all 3 computers, we would have to network the PCs to recognize the mac. And since we're dumb girls, we won't be able to figure it out. So he suggested that we bring in the 2 PCs to best buy and pay to have them install for us. Now, The apple-guy at the apple store at my school said that was bull and you can just plug it in.. and viola.

  2. James Craner macrumors 68000

    James Craner

    Sep 13, 2002
    Bristol, UK
    The Apple store guy is right. Both the Macs and the PC can connect to the router via DHCP, which basically means that the router will automatically assign an IP address to the Mac and PC's, for almost zero configuration. If you want to share the internet connection then this should be all you need to do, the Mac will automatically detect that the router is set to DHCP and configure itself automatically.

    If you want to share files between Your mac and the PC's you will need to turn on Windows File sharing in sharing options in the system preferences pane. The Windows users will need to create a shared folder on their hard disks with the files in that you want to share.
  3. ~Shard~ macrumors P6


    Jun 4, 2003
    I have a Linksys router and 2 PCs (1 Win98, one Win2k3 Enterprise Server) hooked up along with my iMac - I have no problems whatsoever, and the setup was a piece of cake.

    If you have any troubles or questions getting your network set up, just let me know and I'd be happy to help you out. Alternatively, a good resource is the following thread

    Don't listen to anything anyone from BestBuy says. In fact, you'll probably be farther ahead if you do the exact opposite of whatever they recommend... ;) :cool:
  4. dorqiekat thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 3, 2004
    I knew best buy-guy was pulling my leg. He was talking to us like we were slow!

    thanks for all the help!
  5. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Yeah. I used a Linksys router for two years to connect two PCs and an iBook too. So next time you get this kinda thing from a Best Buy guy, stamp on his/her foot. :p

    The router comes with a big foldout instruction sheet. If you follow it step by step it should not be too hard. But with cable modems, typically there isn't even any login that the router has to go through. So 90% you can plug the three computers into the router and it will work with zero setup. :)

    Good luck!

    And feel free to ask for help here of course. ;)

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