1287 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Feb 9, 2009 3:46 PM by Barney-15E
OK - all of this is driving me mad. Here is a list of all the problems I am having. Can someone please help me with at least one of them.
1. Can't connect my PC laptop (XP SP3) to my iMac's Airport signal as above.
2. In the drop down menu on the airport fan icon, there is a section called 'devices'. In there I have the name of an old network I created when trying to solve this problem. I want to delete it but I can't. I HAVE TRIED TO FIND IT UNDER SYS PREF - NETWORK - AIRPORT - ADVANCED AND THEN DELETE NAMES UNDER PREFERRED NETWORKS BUT IT IS EMPTY.
3. My PC laptop keeps finding network names that are not connected. I even switched the mac off and my PC kept seeing the network names as active with 5 bars. WHY!!!????
4. I don't know what DHCP is, what hex names etc are, I have created unsecured networks using Internet sharing both ON (Airport icon has an up arrow) and OFF(Airport icon has a computer has a little computer screen). I don't get all these abbreviations that I am supposed to understand.
I simply want the thing to work which it DID do at the start with Internet Sharing off and a local computer-to-computer network created.
Can anyone suggest something that isn't mentioned above please?
When you create a computer-to-computer network, there is no internet sharing involved. You can connect to the other computer to share files. That's it. It is called an ad-hoc network in Windows.
If you set up Internet Sharing, you can file share and get internet to the computer. On the Mac, you will be able to only see the computer you are connected to in the Shared section of the sidebar. However, you can still connect to another computer on the network by entering the address directly in the Connect to Server… function in Finder.
I can't tell you why your Windows machine sees a network that is not broadcasting. It could be that it doesn't keep updating and just shows what it's seen before.
It is where Allan said it was.
To connect to a Mac, use afp://<IP Address> or afp://<Bonjour Name> as found in Sharing preferences.
Examples: afp://192.168.1.4 or afp://Simon's iMac
To connect to a PC, use smb://<Server IP Address>/sharename
Examples: smb://192.168.1.4/C$ or smb://192.168.1.4/MySharedDocs/