10 Replies Latest reply: Sep 5, 2005 4:40 PM by Russss...
Mke Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
I have an airport-enabled eMac and an old iMac (running 9.2) with no airport card. I have a DSL connection. My plan was to network the two computers by using the eMac's wireless Airport connection and connecting the iMac directly to the Airport Extreme base with an ethernet cable. I'd then connect the Airport base to the DSL modem. The eMac works fine with the wirelesss connection, but I can't access the Internet with the iMac. I'm guessing I need to do something with the iMac's network settings, but I have no idea what. My only other theory is that I need a cross-over ethernet cable rather than a standard ethernet cable to connect the iMac to the base station.
Any thoughts?
  • 1. RE: Simple home network
    Duane Level 10 Level 10 (117,955 points)
    Mke, Welcome to the discussion area!

    Your plan sounds fine.

    ...but I can't access the Internet with the iMac. I'm guessing I need to do something with the iMac's network settings, but I have no idea what.


    Your iMac merely needs to be set to use Ethernet and DHCP to get an IP address. Make sure that:
    1. You have the modem plugged into the WAN port on the AirPort Extreme base station (AEBS).
    2. The iMac is plugged into the AEBS's LAN port.
    3. The AEBS is configured to distribute IP addresses.


    My only other theory is that I need a cross-over ethernet cable rather than a standard ethernet cable to connect the iMac to the base station.


    You don't need that.
  • 2. RE: Simple home network
    Mke Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    Duane,
    Thanks. I'll try that. The only thing that stumps me here is making sure the base station is configured to distribute IP addresses. Can you tell me how I do that?
    I'm headed back to the drawing board.
    Thanks.
  • 3. RE: Simple home network
    Duane Level 10 Level 10 (117,955 points)
    The only thing that stumps me here is making sure the base station is configured to distribute IP addresses. Can you tell me how I do that?


    1. Open AirPort Admin Utility, located in Applications/Utilities.
    2. Select your base station and click Configure. Enter the base station password if necessary.
    3. Click Network.
    4. Ensure that the "Distribute IP addresses" checkbox is enabled.
  • 4. RE: Simple home network
    Mke Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    I finally got it, thanks. The four steps from Duane were all correct. My problem, apparently, was that the original Enternet software from SBC that I installed for my DSL connection was overriding changes I was making to IP addresses and such.
  • 5. Glad that I could help! (nt)
    Duane Level 10 Level 10 (117,955 points)
  • 6. RE: Simple home network
    Radford Schantz Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
    Duane,
    I hope it's ok to tag onto this topic because my problem is very similar to the original question, but with one (known) difference. I've just set up a network, new iBook, new Airport Exreme, old iMac (with 10.3.5), ethernet -- the difference being I use dialup. I can dialup with the iBook and phone line plugged into Airport, and then go online with the iMac via ethernet, which is just what I'm doing at this moment. Problem: I cannot dialup with the iMac, with the phone line in the Airport (and iBook turned off). Strangely, even as the dialup attempt fails, the iMac's network preferences says, "builtin ethernet is currently active ... you are connected to internet via built-in ethernet" -- not so! Suggestion?
  • 7. RE: Simple home network
    Russss... Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    I just went thru something like this. Bought a airport base station & iBook. The iBook working fine wirelessly, but I kept pulling a bad IP (169...etc) on the desktop G4 that was connected directly to the base station (not wireless). AppleTech support couldn't help me (the guy eventually said my ethernet card was bad--is wasn't). In AirPort Admn Utility in the figuration window there's a tab on the far right labeled 'WDS'. If the box is selected to enable the base station as a WDS, deselect it. This solved my connection problem.
  • 8. RE: Simple home network
    Duane Level 10 Level 10 (117,955 points)
    Problem: I cannot dialup with the iMac...


    You need Jon Sevy's Modem Monitoring and Hangup Utility.
  • 9. RE: Simple home network
    Radford Schantz Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
    Thanks to all! The "Modem Utility" did the trick. Magic!

    RS
  • 10. Glad that I could help! (nt)
    Duane Level 10 Level 10 (117,955 points)