Networking MBP with Windows

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by dkillgo, Jun 9, 2011.

  1. dkillgo macrumors member

    Jun 8, 2011
    I am wondering how to get my new 2011 MBP 13" to be able to connect to my windows network to enable file sharing and remote control.

    I can't seem to find a way to do this, although I'm pretty sure that it can be done, right?

    My windows network is set up with a workgroup.

    Any help is appreciated.

  2. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    I found file sharing with windows computers on the same network to be hit or miss at best. My sister's desktop and mine are both on the same networks, sometimes I see her computer, other times I don't. She never sees mine.

    When my win7 laptop is connected, I always see my MBP, though I pretty much never see the win7 laptop from my MBP. AFAIK, all my settings are correct.
  3. dkillgo thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 8, 2011
    This is strange. I tooled around a bit and I think I found a way to assign a workgroup. Now on my PC I can see my MBP listed under the network, but on my MBP I can't see anything on the network.
  4. DustinT macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2011
    Which version of Windows is the system you are trying to access running?

    I can tell you from Windows 7 to my Mac running 10.6.7 I didn't have to do anything at all to make it work. Its a very simple networking and it worked out of the box.
  5. dkillgo thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 8, 2011
  6. fattire357 macrumors regular

    May 18, 2011
    The easiest method is to open up your Windows 7 machine and figure out it's IP address by following these steps:

    1. Start -- > run --- > cmd.exe
    2. (now you have a terminal opened up). type "ipconfig" and make a note of the IP address.

    Open the Mac, and right click the finder-face on the bottom, click "Connect to Server" and type in smb://(IP address)

    So my local IP address for my Windows 7 machine is so under connect to server on my mac I type in smb://

    That's a fail safe method. It always works. Depending on your local router unless you assigned a static IP address you may have to repeat those steps the first time you connect every day...

    I only connect this way if I can't get anything else to work since it is more tedious.
  7. dkillgo thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 8, 2011
  8. cinek macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2011

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