Networking my Mac with a Dell laptop????

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by ashleanicole, May 29, 2008.

  1. ashleanicole macrumors newbie

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    Okay, I'm a noob here at mac rumors. I've been on here to read posts, but this is my first post!!
    Here's the deal. I have an iBook g4 and my husband has dell laptop. I've been trying for the past 3 hours to figure out how to network them together so we can both use the printer that is connected to my laptop. i'm sure the answer is simple. ....but i'm frustrated and i need some help. i'm sure it's possible....just have no clue what to do at this point. any ideas???

    thanks!!
     
  2. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

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    Need some more information. What operating systems are they each running?
     
  3. ashleanicole thread starter macrumors newbie

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    my g4 has OSX 10.4.11

    his is a dell inspiron 6000
    microsoft windows xp (home edition 2002)


    need any other info?
     
  4. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

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    Are they networked through Ethernet, or is it wireless?
     
  5. ashleanicole thread starter macrumors newbie

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    they are both using a wireless router to connect to the internet.
     
  6. PcBgone macrumors 6502

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    Do you have a print server? It would be alot easier and wont slow down your computer if you have one..
     
  7. maccompaq macrumors 65816

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    I have a Dell laptop, 2 Mac towers, 2 Compaq towers and a laser printer all connected to my Ethernet router, and they work great.

    The beauty of this all is that I had to do zero configuration. I just plugged the computers and the Ethernet laser printer in to the Ethernet router, and everything worked immediately. I have not tried wireless, because Ethernet is so reliable.
     
  8. velocityg4 macrumors 68040

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    One very important piece of info is who is the printers manufacturer and what model # is it. The printer must have drivers available that work over a network.
     

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