Still trying to make the Switch: Network question!

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by inkster218, Aug 8, 2004.

  1. inkster218 macrumors newbie

    Aug 7, 2004
    Hey all,

    If I bought a Mac laptop and had a PC laptop and wanted to network them together, could I use my Linksys router and exchange files back and forth?

  2. gekko513 macrumors 603


    Oct 16, 2003
  3. Nspace macrumors regular

    Jul 13, 2004
    Toronto, Canada
    In addition, a great feature I found out about yesturday (I learn new things every day here :) ) is that you can share your itunes library over the network. So you can log onto the Apple and stream your PC's music library over the network. I tried it last night and it worked great without any flaws.
  4. dejaentendu macrumors newbie

    Aug 4, 2004
    Roseville, CA/Santa Barbara, CA
    Okay, then here's another question for you guys. I'm about to switch too and was reading about Virtual PC yesterday a bit and one of the features listed was that it allows your Mac to work with PC networks. How is that a feature if it's supposed to already work anyway?
  5. gekko513 macrumors 603


    Oct 16, 2003
    That's a good question.

    One small benefit I can see with Virtual PC for networking is that you can use the same step-by-step procedure on both computers to make it work. As opposed to doing two different procedures to make a Mac to PC network work.

    Also, I guess some advanced Windows only networking features are only possible between two Windows computers. (Spreading a Windows virus for instance :p )
  6. crazzyeddie macrumors 68030


    Dec 7, 2002
    Florida, USA
    Some networks block out access from anything but a Windows PC, or a specific version of Windows (2000, XP, etc...). Some networks also use weird specialized encryption/authentication protocols that don't exists on Mac. However, these are the exception, not the rule.

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