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Macintosh PC on Windows Network

By Colleen
Mar 31, 2004
  1. Hello,
    I am trying to add a G5 to a windows base network. My diagram looks something like this:

    I am using a standard DSL router connected flat off of my ISP from there I have a Wireless switch, and a normal switch connected off it. I am using half my IP range for DHCP and the other for static, my wireless uses the static the standard switch DHCP. (Security purposes for the wireless network).

    Currently I have had a user show up with this G5 Mac. I can get it connected via the switch with a DHCP address using PPPoE protocols and it will connect to the internet just fine. The problem is it wont see anything else on the network. A few years back we had this problem and I was able to make it work with Virtual PC on the mac. For some reason now it doesnt want to work.

    What confuses me is that it connects to the internet via the same network, but it wont map to or see anything on the network.

    Any ideas?
     
  2. lowman

    lowman TS Rookie Posts: 446

    They can't see any servers or network printers? Can you browse to the servers or network rinters by IP address?
     
  3. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 9,431

    I'm pretty sure Macs don't support Windows networking out of the box. I would expect that you can ping the other machines OK and you can use all the standard protocols like TCP/IP.
     
  4. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,305   +52 Staff Member

  5. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,371   +289

    Actually - you should be able to map to it via Samba - which is build into OS X.
    Just use smb://%ComputerName%/%ShareName%

    Should work fine - I do it on a daily basis from both OS 10.2 and 10.3
     
  6. Colleen

    Colleen TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Samba w0ot@h

    Thank's much. I was able to ping things but I could not map, also funny thing printers would not work either accross the two platforms.

    I will try the Samba solution tonight I am pretty sure it will work.

    Thanks for all the help again.
     
  7. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,745

    I know you can get printers to work, it's just a little bit more of a setup. I haven't gone through it because it wasn't worth it for me, but if it ever is, it will surely take me a while. Best of luck with everything.
     
  8. Colleen

    Colleen TS Rookie Topic Starter

    It worked!

    Thanks! We reloaded the machine and then used Sambia and it worked with no problems. Thanks again! CEM
     
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