Sharing files, connections, and hardware (YAU PC)
by Alan Zisman (c)
2000. First published
in Vancouver Computes,
Richard Jeffery wrote:
I'm working with an outfit that uses iMacs
to peer. Is there any easy way to plug a PC into that set up?
from file sharing protocols - it's the networking bit I'm not
And fconte wondered:
I work at an economics department which uses both
PCs and Macs. Our
web server is Mac-based. Mac users also use that Mac-based server for
folders through AppleShare. How can I allow PC users to view those same
As well, A2Z pondered:
What is the best way to network Mac & PC w/
Windows 98 using
Alan Zisman answered:
There?s a commercial product, pcMacLan from Miramar
that does just that-- it installs the AppleTalk networking protocol on
the PC, allowing it to be part of an existing Mac network.
If you want to do the opposite, connect a Mac to an
network, take a look at Dave from Thursby Systems (www.thursby.com).
costs about CDN$225?but have downloadable working demo versions.
Sannah Jansen wondered:
I've read your answer about networking with a Mac
and a PC. I would
like to share my cable modem with a Mac G4 and a PC, connected with a
and three Ethernet cards (two in my PC and one in my Mac). I have
Webetc on my PC, but what IP addresses do I fill in for the Ethernet
that is connected to my cable modem (is this also my WAN IP address I
in at WebETC?)
What IP address do I fill in for the Ethernet
card that is
connected to the hub in my PC (=server?. And what address do I fill in
on my TCP/IP settings on the Mac (using the Internet setup wizard)
Alan Zisman replied:
The IP address for the cable modem may be a dedicated
one, set according
to instructions by the cable company, or (more likely) it's left
assigned dynamically by the cable company's server.
There are a number of banks of IP addresses reserved
for local area
networks-- this keeps them inaccessible by outsiders (and means that
network and mine can use the same addresses, since they're not
One set that works, for instance, are 192.168.0.x
So you might make the PC 192.168.0.1 (subnet
Use the PC's address as the gateway ( or router in the
Panel) and the name server, and give the Mac a similar but different
for example, 192.168.0.2 (same subnet)
Per Münster queried:
Can you tell me whether I can read a CD written for
Mac on a Windows
NT (or 98)?
The reason is that I have received a number of CD's
from our marketing
company and I believe, that they use Mac. The CD's seem to be filled,
the directory is blank.
Alan Zisman responded:
While Macs come with a system utility to allow them to
read PC media,
you need to install software to allow it to read the Mac-formatted
I use DataViz (www.dataviz.com) Conversions Plus which
ability along with a large number of file converters and viewers-- Mac
to PC as well as PC to PC.
The company also sells MacOpener, without the
converters, for a lower
Steen S. Schmidt wrote:
Is a modem used on a Macintosh usable on a PC? I
don't know if any
AT-settings or anything are special for Mac.
It should be used on a COM-port for Internet
connection, but wont
even install under the 'fabolous' Win98.
Alan Zisman suggested:
The short answer is 'it depends'... is it a modem that
the Mac's modem (serial) port? If so, it SHOULD be PC-compatible, but
may need more information from the manufacturer about the specific
My old external US Robotics Sportster 14.4, for
example, could be used
with both PCs and Macs-- but suggested different jumper settings for
Have you tried telling Win98 that it?s a generic modem?at whatever
There are a number of such drivers included, one of which may work with
yours. Use the Control Panel?s Modem item, click on the Add button,
select the ?Don?t Detect My Modem?I?ll Select It From a List? option.
If, however, it's a WorldPort modem, you may not be
able to connect
it to the PC serial port.
Ronald Rocheleau wrote:
Can anyone tell me if Mac external CD-Rom drives
are compatible with
PC. I have one and was trying to make it work on my PC without luck.
Alan Zisman commented:
The CD-ROM drive may look like it can connect to your
port--but it doesn't!
Pre-iMac Mac external CD-ROMs use the SCSI
interface... the problem
you probably have is that SCSI is an option on PCs, one that isn't
included, while it is built into all (pre-iMac) Macs.
As a result, in order to get your Mac CD-ROM to work,
you need to add
a SCSI adapter to your PC. However, you can buy a new IDE CD-ROM drive
for less than the cost of a SCSI adapter