PC-Mac wireless connection?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Topher15, Oct 30, 2007.

  1. Topher15 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 22, 2007
    (I hope this in the right place, if not please move it)

    Just got my new iMac (amazed how quick it was to start up and get online). Unfortunately the Leopard DVD was not in the box.

    Anyway, I want to copy my files from my PC to my Mac. I was going to just directly use a Ethernet cable, but I might try it wirelessly.

    My PC is plugged into a router via Ethernet.
    My Mac is connected to the router wirelessly.

    I assume I link the two computers with this set up. Can someone send me in the right direction how I can do this? Much appreciated.

  2. mslide macrumors 6502a

    Sep 17, 2007
    On the PC:
    1) Make sure file sharing is turned on, in the network properties.
    2) Open up my computer and browse to the folder that has all the stuff you want to copy over
    3) right-click on the folder (that has all the stuff in it) and click on Sharing.
    4) In that sharing window that pops up, turn on sharing for that folder. Sorry, I'm not at a windows PC now and can't remember the exact box to check.
    5) Make sure you know your PC's network name or IP address. If you're not sure what the PC's IP address is, or computer name, open up a command window (start-run-cmd) on the windows pc and type "ipconfig".

    On the Mac:
    1) Go to the desktop and hit Command-k
    2) In the server address window type in "smb://<your-PC-computername-or-ipaddress>". The smb means to use the samba protocol, which is what windows PC's use to share files over a network. If you were copying files from another Mac, you would put "afp://<mac-computer>".
    3) A window will pop up with a drop down box of all the shared folders on the windows PC. Choose the appropriate one and hit ok or enter or whatever.
    4) A new finder window should pop up with all the stuff in your PC's shared folder. Highlight everything and drag it to the Mac folder you want it in.

    Hope this helps.
  3. Topher15 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Oct 22, 2007

    I've done all that on the PC side. The properties of the shared folder is: \\USERNAME\SharedDoc

    I also have the Workgroup name and the IP address.

    I've tried to connect from the Mac side (Cmd+K) but get the message:

    "The server may not exist or it is not operational at this time. Check the server name or IP address and try again."

    Also, when it tries to connect it states: "Connecting to afp://smb ..." even thought I've not added afp:// to the Address.

    (Oh and I've connected them via Ethernet at the moment)

    I'm not sure what's wrong :confused:

    Thanks for the help.
  4. Topher15 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Oct 22, 2007

    My PC can see my Mac Home folder.

    Just got to get the Mac to see the PC's shared folder.

    Any ideas? There clearly is a connection being made.

    EDIT: DONE. It worked.

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