Networking issue

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Ben1l, Aug 4, 2009.

  1. Ben1l macrumors regular

    Nov 30, 2006

    I have a new iMac and a new Mac Mini that are both in the same room. I often copy large video files between the two but because they are both connected wirelessly to my time capsule in another room, the transfer speeds are incredibly slow.

    I would love to connect the two machines up via ethernet for when I'm transferring video between the two, but obviously not loose connection to time capsule that also feeds through the internet.

    I'm a bit of a networking newb. Will a Switch do this? And also how difficult is it/will it be to tell the macs to transfer files between themselves via ethernet and take internet wirelessly via time capsule?

  2. geoffreak macrumors 68020


    Feb 8, 2008
    Why can't you just connect the MBPs directly to the TC with Ethernet? No point in buying more hardware.
  3. Ben1l thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 30, 2006
    Cause the time capsule is on the other side of the house and don't want to go laying miles of cable everywhere.
  4. geoffreak macrumors 68020


    Feb 8, 2008
    You can actually run an Ethernet connection between the two computers without any hardware, but allowing the computers to remain connected to the internet while transferring files isn't possible.

    I would recommend using a firewire or USB external to transfer files.
  5. CylonGlitch macrumors 68030


    Jul 7, 2009
    What he could do is to setup a wireless access point near the computers. Then connect that access point to a switch, and the two machines to the switch. From there you could disable the WiFi on the two computers and you'll have all that you need. But this is an expensive way to go because you need to buy an additional access point and switch.

    Ideally if you're going to be backup the machines via time machine, you should have the time capsule wired to the machines to speed up backups and not kill your WiFi bandwidth.

    I'm assuming that the Time Capsule is need the entrance point in your house where the internet is coming in. Thus why you have it there. What you could do is to pick up a wireless router and put that there. Then move the Time Capsule to the machines and use that as the wireless access point. That would give you wired access to the drive of the Time Capsule, and give you WiFi at that same time.

    There are a bunch of good WiFi routers out there for around $100. Most of them should work. The Time Capsule already has a GigE switch so there is no real reason to buy another switch, you could just plug both machines into it.
  6. Ben1l thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 30, 2006

    That sounds like a great idea...

    I already have a wireless router supplied by my broadband service provider. It sits net to the TC and is connected to it via ethernet.

    When I move the TC to the other room what settings would i have to change to get the TC and wireless router to talk wirelessly instead of via ethernet?

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