Mini Network

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Grunze, Apr 12, 2007.

  1. Grunze macrumors regular

    Grunze

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    Hi,

    I have 2 intel imacs that I'd like to network to share files and printers.
    Should it be as easy as connecting an Ethernet cable between the 2?

    Thanks,
    Ari
     
  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

    wrldwzrd89

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    That will work. Modern Macs are smart enough to auto-adapt to the network cable type, so you don't even need to use a crossover cable (which is meant to be used for this purpose).
     
  3. Grunze thread starter macrumors regular

    Grunze

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    ok, I'm having a problem.
    I can see lots of other things including my other imac, but when i try to connect it wont work..

    In network, i see my other imac under "My Network" and "Workgroup"
    Either one will not let me connect...

    Any ideas?
     
  4. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

    wrldwzrd89

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    You need to authenticate as the user on the machine you're connecting to, NOT the one on the machine you're connecting from (assuming that the username and/or password is different on the other machine). Also, if your long user name doesn't work, try your short user name.
     
  5. patrick0brien macrumors 68040

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    -Grunze

    The network browser can be a little flakey.

    A sure-fire way to connect is to find the IP address of the target machine, hit Cmd-K on the machine in the Finder you are using to go after it, and enter "afp://###.###.###.###" (the #'s are IP numbers)

    Let us know how that does for you.
     
  6. Grunze thread starter macrumors regular

    Grunze

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  7. patrick0brien macrumors 68040

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    -Grunze

    Glad to hear it!
     
  8. Grunze thread starter macrumors regular

    Grunze

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    Here is what I'm thinking.
    the afp certainly worked to connect the two imacs.
    We are 2 graphic designers in our office, so we will always be sharing files back and forth, so I'm trying to figure out the most efficient system..

    I could have the two imacs networked as i have already acheived with all the files stored on 1 of them. But if that person turns off their machine, the other computer cant access the files.

    So I am thinking that I can have all the files stored on a third computer we have (a g5) and use that as a server. Then network the 2 imacs to that machine and always leave it on..

    Does that sound like a good idea?
    Is there anything I should know to make this setup more stable, or simpler?
    Also, does it matter that the g5 is running os 10.3.9 and the imacs are running 10.4.9?

    Thanks!
     
  9. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

    wrldwzrd89

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    This sounds like a good idea. And no, it won't matter that the G5 runs Mac OS X 10.3.9.
     

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