connecting both a pc and a mac to the internet

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by zlog, Oct 25, 2003.

  1. zlog macrumors newbie

    Aug 5, 2003
    Is there away to connect both an iBook and a windows pc to the internet from the same connection?

    If so how?

    Preferably I would like to put the connection through the iBook then into the pc as I think this would be more secure.

    I have had a look on Google and couldn't find a tutorial on doing it but I read that it can be done just by using an ethernet cable.

    Any help appreciated.

  2. iEric macrumors 6502a

    Jun 26, 2003
    no...why dont you just get a router. Its so cheap these days. if you live in Canada, you can get one from for 30 bucks CAD and it also has a print server!! :),,, they always have cheap deals...
  3. grapes911 Moderator emeritus


    Jul 28, 2003
    Citizens Bank Park
    If you have two nic cards you can do it. For just a couple of bucks you can buy an exta card for your deskop. You'll also need a crossover cable (they aren't to expensive on the internet as well). Plug you internet into you pc, then hook the crossover from you other nic to your ibook. You'll have to pick which lan connection is hooked to your ibook and bridge it and share it. Your desktop will assign your ibook a local ip address. Everything should be ok then.

    If you are worried about security, get a firewall. A firewall ( I suggest norton) will be as secure as you'll probably need.

    But, I really suggest putting out a little more cash and getting the router. A lot of them even have built in hardare firewalls.
  4. sethwerkheiser macrumors regular

    Jan 22, 2003
    Brooklyn, NY
    Yea, I just did this not too long ago.

    The IT guy at my work gave me a plain ethernet cable, and I plugged it into my Mac and Compaq, and after about 15 minutes of messing around with network properties on the Mac and stuff, I was able to access the internet on both at the same time on a dialup. With that I set it up to access files from one to the other, and it worked fine.

    The IT guy at work claimed this was impossible, cuz it was a plain ehternet cable, but... I dunno... maybe I'm like Neo from the Matrix.
  5. revenuee macrumors 68020


    Sep 13, 2003
    A place where i am supreme emporer
    There was a similar question like this a few days ago

    routers seems to be the advice that everyone is giving

    If it is Cable internet -
    I personally did it using a hub (for a mac and PC)... connected my two computers into the hub, (Asente Friendly NET) then connected the modem into the hub ... then turned on the computers and started surfing without any settings changes... (note my computers are default set to get ip from server DCHP)

    if you are using DSL or ADSL i think it would work the same since it is still ethernet that is connected to the computer

    if your using DIAL UP... - get cable LOL just kidding man... but seriously i don't know how to do it for dial up

    i don't see how the connection through the ibook would be more secure then to the PC, unless you set up a firewall on you ibook, and then made the ibook into a server.

    Also if for some reason the HUB doesn't work do it using a router, as the router accounts for the single IP issue many people have been mentioning, and apparently they provide the security you are seeking.
  6. Independence macrumors regular

    Jan 14, 2003
    United States
    a router would be the best way to go though you can certainly accomplish your task without one. i'd still recommend a router though. Linksys makes some great routers.

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