tcp/ip for 2 networks

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AdamSCommented:
Let me get this straight. You currently have dial-up internet access with your MAC, but no internet for your PC, and you want to connect your PC to your MAC via the Mac's built-in Ethernet and some Ethernet card in your PC?? Furthermore, you want to access from your Mac a printer connected to your PC?

To the first question: you really cant give your PC internet access through your Mac. You have to running specialized software, which isnt cheap, to operate a "gateway/router", and hook up specialized hardware, called "hubs" which cost lots of money.

You can hook your PC up to your Mac to do certain kinds of networking. You have to get a special UTP cable with two wires transposed. But you cant use your ISP and have the connection at the same time. If you are using OT TCP/IP, you can create two configurations of Ethernet, one for your ISP (Connect via: PPP) and one for a local ethernet network (Connect via: ethernet).

If you do decide to have a local ethernet network, you need to assign IP numbers. I dont think you can pick just any number. If you have two computers you have to use two "special" IP numbers (I think one of them is 127.0.0.0). You need special drivers to run appletalk on your PC, but you will be able to do things like run FTPservers and FTP to each machine.

You second question was sharing the printer: This depends on what kind of printer you have. The HP870CSE for example has both a localtalk port and parallel port so you'd be able to print from both computers without worrying about connecting them. If you have a PC-only laserprinter, you need to have special print-serving software, while the local ethernet network is working. I know WinNT (3.5) and Win95 can do this, but I never tried doing this with Win 3.1, so I dont know if Win3.1 can do it.

Hope this helps


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