Wireless Networking Problem
Posted on 2004-03-27
I have a wired G4 Cube and a wired desktop PC (OS X and XP) connected to a Linksys networking hub. I later got an iBook and a pc laptop that I was running wireless through a graphite Airport Base Station. As I couldn't connect the Base station and the hub to the DSL modem (only one jack) I (in my infinite networking cluelessness) connected the Base Station to the networking hub. It worked for several months, actually, and then I started having problems throughout the entire wired/wireless system. There was an apparent conflict between the addresses of the Base Station and the hub that caused an inability to receive packets of information on all four computers. Confirmation of this is when I disconnected the Base Station from the hub. Voila, no more problems. My present dilemma is how to be able to connect wirelessly with the two laptops. I was originally looking at a wired/wireless router solution (Linksys) to accomplish this, but from everything I'm reading this would be a problem for the iBook as the PC-compatible hardware doesn't do so well with Macintosh. Based on my experience with the Airport Base Station, the PC laptop had no problems connecting with it. My ultimate question is what kind of Apple hardware do I need to connect the wired and wireless components of my home network without encountering my previous problem? Thanks.