Having trouble setting up a network

kjs862

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My house has two macs. A powermac g5 and a imac g5. My setup is as follows. Cable modem to a router, router to the powermac g5(ethernet cable) and again the router to an airport express (ethernet cable). The imac g5 is located on a different floor of the house so I just installed an airport express card in it. I can connect to the internet fine via airport, but I'm having a problem sharing information between the two computers. Particularly I was hoping to share the itunes music library, and use bonjour messaging. If anyone can help me with this I would be very appreciative.

Best,
Ken
 

Bobdude161

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welp, yer half way there. Do you have Personal File Sharing on? It's located in your System Preferences' Sharing option. Make sure you have it turned on on both Macs. when you turn it on you'll get a message on the bottom of the window to type in an address in the Connect to Server window.
 

dextertangocci

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I have a network with 8 macs, and I use airport extreme, it works perfectly to share files, music and bonjour messaging. All you have to do is:

Go to system preferences, sharing, and check personal file sharing and if you want, remote login. Do this on both macs.

Then, to access each computers HD, or cd/dvd or any other external flash drive or ipod etc, click on go in the finder menu, and say connect to server, or just press the apple key (next to the spacebar) and k, and type in the ip address of the mac you want to access.
 

kjs862

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Alrighty, I went to system pref, sharing and enabled personal file sharing. In itunes I have look for shared music enabled on both macs, but still no luck. Any other suggestions ?
 

AlBDamned

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kjs862 said:
Alrighty, I went to system pref, sharing and enabled personal file sharing. In itunes I have look for shared music enabled on both macs, but still no luck. Any other suggestions ?
Have you enabled music sharing in the iTunes preferences on both Macs?
 

jsw

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AlBDamned said:
Have you enabled music sharing in the iTunes preferences on both Macs?
And do you have iTunes running on the mac to be shared? It won't work unless it is.

Also, your personal firewall on the Mac might be blocking iTunes, but it should tell you what to do if it is.
 

kjs862

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I have share my music library and look for shared music enabled on both macs. As far as firewalls, both are disabled.
 

NJuul

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I had a problem similar to this. I fixed it by giving the airport express a manual IP adress (not DHCP), and then disabling "Distribute IP-Adresses" (on the airport express).
 

kjs862

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NJuul said:
I had a problem similar to this. I fixed it by giving the airport express a manual IP adress (not DHCP), and then disabling "Distribute IP-Adresses" (on the airport express).

Alrighty how do I do this? On the imac I'm guessing ?
 

NJuul

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On the iMac, open up Aiport Admin Utility.
Select your network, and push "configure".
(Select "Internet", and in "Configure", select "Manually"
Type in your IP adress, your routers IP address, subnet mask, and router address.) <-- Don't know if this part is necessary.
Select "Network", uncheck "Distribute IP addresses".
Update.

Mind you, I'm not really knowledgeable on this, I just had pretty much the exact same problem, and this is how I fixed it.

Good luck!