Help needed (Connecting Multiple Macs to the Internet)

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by bluesjam, Nov 27, 2007.

  1. bluesjam macrumors member

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    hello,

    Well I have a G4 mac mini original model which does not have wireless capability.
    I'll buying an iMac as a new year gift for my girlfriend.
    I connect to the internet using an ethernet cable.
    The problem is that the wall socket for the cable is only available at a single room in my house in which my mac mini is placed. Connecting any other system to the internet will require the cable running all over my house which I don't want.
    The imac that I'll buy will be placed in another room so how can I connect wirelessly both of the systems.
    The imac will have wireless but the mac mini does not.
    Any kind of help appreciated.
     
  2. yellow Moderator emeritus

    yellow

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    Uhhh...

    Crash course in wireless networking.

    Buy a wireless router. Netgear. Linksys.
    Plug it into your only wall socket near the Mini.
    Plug the Mini into the ports on the wifi router.
    Put the iMac in another room and connect to it wirelessly.
    ????
    Profit.
     
  3. bluesjam thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks yellow,

    Will airport express or extreme do, I mean is it the same thing as linksys.
     
  4. thingamajigidid macrumors member

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    i have the extreme as my main router, and i have an old g3 which dosn't have wireless in another room connected to an airport express through an ethernet it works great..... but sometimes i get interruptions, and i have to unplug and replug the express.. there really sensible to interference watch out if you have a 2.4ghz phone.. they will knock you off line most of the time, since the express transmits at that same frequency.

    hope that helps..
    by the way i have an extra express in back of my radio, i luv those little things, i just wish you can connect an external hard drive to each one of them.

    enjoy.
     
  5. yellow Moderator emeritus

    yellow

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    Frankly, with the AExp or AExt, you're paying for the logo and simplified controls. And you're paying a lot more money than you would for a Netgear or Linksys router. If you've got the cash and you want to keep it Apple, then yes, the AExt will do a great job. I just don't want you to think that you have to have an (overpriced) Apple product to do what you want to do. You don't.
     
  6. killmoms macrumors 68040

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    I dunno, man. I'm sold on the Airport Extreme. It's just a better-quality piece of kit as compared to the average Netgear/Linksys. I have had a couple different wireless routers over the years and NONE have been as stable as the Airport Extreme has been for me. Your mileage may vary of course, but I wouldn't go back to "unplugging and plugging the router back in" for anything after having a rock-solid Internet connection.
     
  7. yellow Moderator emeritus

    yellow

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    I can't say I've had any particularly good experiences with ABS. But then, I only get called when people have problems.

    But the way I figure it.. I could buy 4 Netgears for the price of one ABS! :)
     
  8. bluesjam thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you very much all of you.
    I'll go with the airport express as it is a gift along with the imac for a loved one. If nothing else the apple logo will at least buy a few more smiles.
    Every dime will be worth it.
     
  9. Dark Dragoon macrumors 6502a

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    Bare in mind that the Airport Express only has a single Ethernet port which you would be using for your internet connection.

    There would be no spare ethernet ports to plug your Mac Mini into.
     
  10. bluesjam thread starter macrumors member

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    Well then what do you suggest. Should I then buy airport extreme.

    Also If you could reply another query.
    Does the mac mini need to switched on whenever I need to connect the imac to the internet?

    Thanks.
     
  11. Dark Dragoon macrumors 6502a

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    The Airport Extreme works pretty well and is easy to configure, it would allow you to connect your Mac Mini via ethernet and iMac via wireless.

    However as others have mentioned it is an expensive option. Other wireless routers will be able to perform the same task for less.

    I own several routers (Airport Extreme/Express, Netgear, Linksys, D-Link), personally out of them I prefer the Netgear DG834G as it's tended to be reliable and didn't cost too much (don't get this one as it has an ADSL modem).

    Only the router (such as an Airport Extreme) would need to be switched on for the computers to access the internet.
     
  12. bluesjam thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks a lot Dark Dragoon [or is it Dragon]
    I'll shell out for the airport extreme.
     

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