Home Networking

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by cgingrich, Nov 19, 2005.

  1. cgingrich macrumors regular


    Oct 19, 2005
    Hey guys,

    I'm anxiously awaiting my Powerbook G4 and I'm beginning to think about Home Networking options and I thought I'd see if I could get some questions answered here.

    Currently I have:
    Linksys Wireless-B set up plugged directly into my Vaio Desktop PC, my roommates use it wirelessly.

    I am getting:
    My PB with airport extreme built-in
    A Linksys Wireless-G router
    An HP Printer

    Now I would like to know if several things are possible, and if so, how:
    1.) If I can set up the printer to run through my Vaio Desktop and print wirelessly from my PB
    2.) If I can extend the range of my network simply by placing the second router downstairs. Will it simply extend the range of the network (ie: Airport express) , or will I have to actually plug an ethernet into the second router.
    3.) If I have to physically plug in the second router, will simply placing both routers next to each other boost the range?

    Thank you in advance for any and all help that can be supplied.

  2. zflauaus macrumors 65816

    Nov 19, 2004
    I'll help.
    1)Yes you can hook up your printer to your Vaio and share it. Just go to the printer's properties, and click sharing or something like that. Then give it a name and go to Printers and Faxes in System Preferences. Click the plus sign and click More Printers. Click where it says WORKGROUP and Network Neighborhood. Find the network name your computers are on. Find your Vaio and then your printer. You should be good to go.

    2)To use the existing router to boost the signal, all you have to do is plug the power in, set it to be bridge or something like that (not router) and it should boost the signal.

    3)Placing both routers next to each other will not boost the strength since they are in the same space. You must move the router to another room/floor to boost strength.

    Hope that helped! Have fun with your new Powerbook!
  3. cgingrich thread starter macrumors regular


    Oct 19, 2005
    Thanks a million

    Leave it to macrumors to provide a place for quick, accurate information from generous people! ;)

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