Two Macs on a hotels WiFi cant talk to eachother 5 feet away from eachother

EasyB

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Jan 29, 2005
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I spend a great deal of time in hotels. On there wireless network. Here is my setup. My main machine is a powerbook that connects to the wifi hotspot at the hotel. Now I would like to hook up a mac mini by the TV to to all the video thinks and such. It is also connected to the hotels hotspot. Being on the hotel network, my computers can't see each-other. I would like to share movies and music with my mini, and also backup file to and fro the mini wirelessly. Is this possible at all?

The only thought I had was to hook one machine up to the hotspot with the built in airport and then share the internet connection by buying an airport express or similar device and share the signal by setting up my own network. And then I should be able to remote login and bonjour and all the cool mac sharing things available.

Although I never had any luck in getting the share a connection thing to work, My second machine could never get and ip address assigned from my host machine. but we will save this one for later.

Thanks in advance.\
-Brian
 

mdntcallr

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Aug 1, 2000
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well. this is actually a good thing, it prevents other people from seeing what you have on your computers. that said. you could always wifi direct connect, not through the hotel, but on the wifi.
 

Xenesis

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Sep 3, 2006
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Spend 5 Bucks and get yourself an Ethernet crossover cable and turn off the Mac Mini's wireless.

Get your Powerbook to share your internet connection from Airport to ethernet. Plug the two into together. Now the two computers are connected to each other by ethernet and you've got both on the internet connection. It's how our internet connection between the Wintel Box and our Wireless network works.
 

Gee

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Feb 27, 2004
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Been meaning to post this picture for a while now, and this seems to be the perfect thread for it.

Networking does work on hotel wifi networks, so before you log on, make sure you're not sharing anything embarrassing. Like this guy's rather eclectic iTunes collection...



Real screenshot I took in a hotel in Chicago!
 

Xenesis

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Sep 3, 2006
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Heh. That's like the modern equivalent of finding someone's porn stash under their bed or something.

And as always they still have no taste. :p