LAN network help?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by Omad0n, Jul 29, 2002.

  1. Omad0n macrumors regular

    Apr 26, 2002
    Seattle, WA
    Hey all I was just wondering if anyone could tell me how, or point me in the right direction of how to set up a LAN network between 2 computers. 1 is a G4 with OSX and the other is a windows machine. I just need the network set up so that the computers recognize each other and i can play a LAN game ofWarcraft 3. I know I need a crossover cable to connect them, but I don't know what to do from there. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  2. peterjhill macrumors 65816


    Apr 25, 2002
    Seattle, WA
    Re: LAN network help?

    Yes, crossover cable would be the cheapest. Some of the new macs actually don't need a crossover, as they can figure out on their own whether one is necessary.

    Probably the easiest thing to do would be to turn on internet connection sharing on the pc, as it will then configure the mac as long as it has dhcp enabled.

    There are ranges of IP addresses reserved for private networks (ie, yours). Set up the following IP addresses manually:

    Computer 1:
    IP address
    subnet mask
    default gateway (or leave blank)

    computer 2:
    ip address
    subnet mask
    default gateway (or leave blank)

    Any address from to are valid. Usually the .1 address is reserved for your router/default gateway. the .255 address is your broadcast address, so you want to avoid that. .0 is your base address, and is also not used.

    Before you do that, You might just want to try to connect them together and see if it works. Both macs and PCs use the auto-ip subnet if they can't find a dhcp server to get an address. It might work just by connecting them, try that first.

    Good luck
  3. evildead macrumors 65816


    Jun 18, 2001
    WestCost, USA
    do you want to...

    do you want to share an internet conenction? Do you have a high speed connection? If thats what you want then you will need a router. If you just want to hook them up to play some games then you just need a network hub and regular network cat 5 cables. A cross over cable will work if you only need to talk to 2 computers. Hubs are pretty cheep now.


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