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Can't connect to internet & share files; Mac OS9 with Mac OS X.

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I have a Mac OS 9 and a Mac OS X.

The OS 9 has a dialup internet connection.

I need share files between both computers (from each one to each other) and print from OS X in an OS 9's printer.

I connected them through cross over in the ethernet port.

Then I activate file sharing (OS9) and give an IP adress to (OS X) but now when I go to TCP/IP on OS 9 there are two options a) Ethernet (I can assign an IP address) or b) PPP (Has the IP assigned for my Internet provider).

If I choose Ethernet the file sharing works but the internet does not. If I choose PPP the dialup connection works but the file sharing does not.

¿Any solution?
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by:strung
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Unfortunately that is the way it works.

Does the OS X computer have an internet connection too? If so, you can share the OS X computer's connection with the OS 9 computer and do away with the OS 9 computer's dial up connection.

If the OS X computer has a high speed connection, I recommend you spend $20 for a router which will enable you to share the internet connection between the two computers and at the same time do your file and printer sharing.
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by:ebravo
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Thanks for your sugestion strung;

Unfortunately de OSX hasn't a connection and the OS 9's is dialup. There is a way the OS 9 can has two IP address? One for PPP and one for ethernet?

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There is, but it requires expensive third party software, IPNetRouter from http://www.sustworks.com

That capability is built in to OS X, so if your OS X computer has a modem, you could use it to connect to your dialup connection and then use internet connection sharing (built in to OS X) to let the OS 9 computer connect to the internet through the OS X computer.

Another solution is to look for a router with a modem port, connect an external modem to the router, connect both computers to the router and both will be on the internet and will be able to file share.

I am not sure if any makes a router any more with the capability of connecting a modem to it, but both SMC and DLink used to and you might be able to find such a router on eBay.
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by:ebravo
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Ok...
So if I change the dialup to the OS X and share it with the "internet connection sharing"...
I must use the ethernet in the OS 9 for file share and connection share?

thanks again..
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That's right. Connect the dial up connection to the modem in the OS X computer. Then turn on Internet Connection sharing on the OS X computer. Connect the two computers by ethernet and you will be able to file share and surf the net from the OS 9 computer as long as the OS X computer is on and is connected to the internet.
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