With a PC & iBook, set up wireless on PC or iBook?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by danrnw, Dec 30, 2005.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Dec 30, 2005
    A friend asked me for help with the following:
    He has a PC, no wireless. Uses Comcast for internet via ethernet.
    He bought his daughter an iBook for Christmas.
    He wants her to access Comcast wirelessly. So.....
    Should I buy an Airport Extreme and set up the wireless
    network from the iBook and just plug in his PC
    to Airport LAN connector?
    Or should I set up the network on his PC with either
    the Airport Extreme or buy a Linksys or some other
    alternative to Apple?
    I don't know PCs very well so I was thinking the
    Airport Extreme setup would be easier. But since
    they are already using Comcast via ethernet on the PC
    and it's set up that way, would it be easier to leave
    that alone and just a wireless router?

  2. macrumors 6502


    Jan 12, 2005
    I'd get a wireless router and set it up that way. Set the PC and iBook to connect via DHCP, and you'll all set. Something like a Netgear WGR614 should do the trick.
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 30, 2005
    I went ahead and bought an Airport Extreme.
    I plugged the Comcast modem into Airport WAN
    connector and the Dell PC into the LAN port,
    did the setup and the internet works fine on both the iBook
    and the Dell. Now I want to share their printer.
    I didn't know if I should try to see the printer
    with the iBook by keeping the printer plugged into
    the Dell or plugging the printer into the USB port
    on the Airport and having both the iBook
    and the Dell share it via the Airport.
    I'm thinking this might not work because
    then the printer has to be seen over ethernet
    by the Dell. Haven't tried it yet either way.

  4. macrumors 6502


    Jan 12, 2005
    If you want to share the printer, plug it into the back of the AE base station. PC's should see it fine.
  5. macrumors 68000


    Jan 13, 2005
    For the printer you can always install Bonjour for Windows on the PC. This might help, but i haven't tried it myself...

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