Connect to 2 different networks at same time?

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  1. OSXconvert macrumors member

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    I have a 2008 imac which has built in wireless. Is there some way to use the wireless to connect to internet while using the ethernet jack to connect to a different LAN so it can connect to a fileserver?

    Or if that isn't possible, can I join my LAN network to the one which provides internet access without having to change all my LAN addresses? My goal is to maintain a private gigabit LAN while getting internet from somebody else in my office.

    Thanks for your help. And please excuse my ignorance because I know very little about networking.
     
  2. Brian33 macrumors 6502a

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    I doubt I know any more than you, but since the wireless and ethernet are separate network interfaces, I'm pretty sure they can connect to two different networks. At least I know my iMac can be connected via Ethernet to my Time Capsule and simultaneously connected via wireless to the (same) Time Capsule. (I have an '08 iMac also.)

    I used to know a Terminal command to show the interface devices and their status but I've forgotten it.

    Have you tried it?
     
  3. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    Yes. The two networks should be different subnets.
     
  4. OSXconvert thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for that clarification. I'll give it a try.
     

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