setup of a LAN with my PB and two windows PCs

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by rabatjoie, Dec 15, 2003.

  1. rabatjoie macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2003
    I am not really a networking expert and try to do the following:

    i have

    - a draytek vigor 2500We wireless router that includes a dsl modem
    - my powerbook connected to it via airport
    - one roomie's pc connected to the router via cable running win XP
    - one roomie's pc connected to the router via cable running windows Millenium

    we're already connected to the internet, everythig works fine, but we want to share our files in a Local Network.
    the router behaves as a dhcp server and is also VPN-able (though i dont know what the latter means)

    I dont know how to set this up, so i would already be happy about the most basic help (i.e. links to how-to guides etc.)

    i am posting this here because the setup we have is quite exceptional, i guess...

    any ideas?

    thanks a lot!
  2. Tim Flynn macrumors regular

    Jan 9, 2003
    I do something like this at home.
    I connect my G5 with Panther to two Windows 2000 machines. This is quite easy.
    At work I connect PCs running NT4, 2000 & XP to Macs Jaguar. Also Mac OS.
    What OS are you running?
  3. rabatjoie thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2003
  4. Flynnstone macrumors 65816


    Feb 25, 2003
    Cold beer land
    This were things get a little stickey.
    Your Mac can communicate with the PCs use SMB over TCP/IP (I think is the terminology).
    The PCs can talk to each other either (or both) with TCP or NETBUEI. You want TCP. The ME machine probably defaults to NETBEUI and the XP to TCP. The netwok setup is different between ME & XP (very annoying).
    Try pinging each PC to check basic connectivity. Use the terminal and use the "ping" command. Probably something like "ping" or what ever the PC's IP addresses are.
  5. mykemp macrumors newbie

    Dec 10, 2003
    Richmond, VA
    I'm relatively new to the mac side of things, but I do have some network experience...

    The router/switch should be able to act as a DHCP server, and serve out "private" or "natted" IP addresses - such as "192.168.x.x". These IP addresses won't conflict with anything in the real world, so you should go ahead and use TCP/IP as your default protocol on your network since the PB, XP and ME machines can all speak IP, and get their IP addresses via the DHCP Server/Router.

    Setting up Windows ME and XP file sharing URL :

    Setting up OS X File Sharing for Windows URL :

    If you want to throw a Linux box or other Unix Box into the mix =)
    Get SAMBA at:

    If you are using wireless, please consider looking into your security if you haven't already - pay close attention to the following:

    Change the default SSID. - or - Disable SSID Broadcasts.
    Change the default password for the Administrator account.
    Enable MAC Address Filtering.
    Change the SSID periodically.

    Those are all of the tips I can think of right now. I've never used the VPN feature on a router, but I assume that allows some sort of Tunneling type software (L2TP??) to allow direct access to another network. Quick Definition of VPN from

    A virtual private network (VPN) is a way to use a public telecommunication infrastructure, such as the Internet, to provide remote offices or individual users with secure access to their organization's network.

    Sorry for rambling...

  6. superbovine macrumors 68030


    Nov 7, 2003
  7. rabatjoie thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2003
    thanks for the help, everyone... i'm at home for christmas right now, but once i get back i'll start working on the network

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