New G5 and PC need to see the internet

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by MacRob, Feb 8, 2005.

  1. MacRob macrumors newbie

    Feb 8, 2005
    I need some help. My wife has a sony desktop and I just bought a new mac G5. I need both computers to see the internet. How is the best
    way to do this?
    Should I get a Linksys Wireless G router and Wireless G card for the sony desktop and then plug my G5 from the ethernet port into the back of the Linksys wireless router.
    Will the Linksys wireless router work with the G5? How hard is it to set the G5 up to see the internet?
    Should I buy the Apple Airport Exress and the Linksys Wireless G card for the sony? How hard will it be for the Airport Express to see the
    sony desktop. Are the instructions easy?
    What should I do?
    Is there a better way?

    Thanks for all your help!
  2. pulsewidth947 macrumors 65816


    Jan 25, 2005
    i cant help too much as i'm a purely pc guy right now (till tiger comes out). but i've got a belkin wireless router which i've got connected to my broadband modem. as soon as i plugged in my PC with an ethernet lead, within about 2 seconds i could browse the internet.. easy..

    and macs are supposed to be even easier to set up than pcs :D

    i know my sisters boyfriend has used a ibook/powerbook with airport from my router. if you are using ethernet cable, you can almost guarantee that it'll work, thanks to something called DHCP (i think) which basically tells a computer what settings are needed.

    wireless takes a couple more minutes to set up as you gotta install drivers (for your wireless card) then set up which channel to use on the router/set up encryption so people cant access your network without you knowing..

    hope this helps until someone can explain about connecting macs :D - i know i've seen a few things about connecting the two together, but i cant remember where.. try searching here and on google. good luck mate
  3. emw macrumors G4


    Aug 2, 2004
    How far is each device from the proposed location of the router? If they're close, you may want to consider just purchasing a cheap wired router (Linksys or other) and running cabling. You won't notice a tremendous speed bump in internet speeds, as wireless is faster than your internet connection, but if you're going to exchange files between PC and Mac, the wired connection will be nice. Plus, it can be easier and cheaper.

    That being said, Airport Extreme cards on the Mac will work fine with a Linksys wireless router, so that won't be a problem. Setting it up is simple and explained well in the Linksys docs.

    So my recommendation would be to get the Linksys WRT54G router if your G5 has Airport installed, and then run a cable from the PC to the router, and go wireless with the Mac. Setting up the G5 to access the internet is about as easy as selecting the "Automatic" location and opening Safari.

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