Networking iMacs- never done so before and I'm LOST!

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Networking iMacs- never done so before and I'm LOST!

Okay, like the title says, I'm networking iMacs. Now here are the details. I have one iMac running OS X 10.1.5, and one running OS 9.2.2(no I will NOT run X on a Rev D..).

I have a long Ethernet cable, one iMac on one room and one in another- and I need both to be able to connect to the Internet at the same time. Follow me? One needs to connect via modem, the other to get Web access from the first.

Which should be the server(OS 9 or X)?

And the part I can't for the life of me work out- HOW do I get them seeing each other and set one up to get Webb access off the other?

We've just plunked down $30 for the super-long cable, and I need to get this little network up and running ASAP.

Thanks for any help...

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I assume you intend to connec

I assume you intend to connect to internet via ethernet on one iMac, and connect via AppleTalk with the other? Then maybe you could try the OS X box as server to the OS 9 box. I have never made an AppleTalk network, but it is my impression that machines can have names and addresses, connecting to a specific machine on the network can be chosen. Ethernet to your OS X mac is probably managed via DHCP, doesn't require much setup usually.

Or if you intend to connect the iMacs to each other via ethernet, you will need either a hub or a crossover cable. Then you can use the ethernet for AppleTalk and connect to modem via PPP or whatver.
Hope this helps!
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Unless you get Jaguar for the

Unless you get Jaguar for the one currently running 10.1.5, I'd say you're out of luck. But if you do get Jag (or better yet, Panther), here's how you set it up. Connect the iMacs together using the ethernet cable. On the OS X machine, dial in to your ISP. Go into System Prefs and click the "Sharing" tab. Click the "Internet" button on the far right (I know that's the location in Panther, I'm not positive if it's exactly there in Jag). It'll ask you which connection you want to share (select "Built in Modem"), and which port you want to share it through (select "Built-In Ethernet"). On the 9.2.2 iMac, open the "TCP/IP" control panel and select "Ethernet" from the top menu and "Using DHCP" from the lower menu. Close the window and click "Save" when it asks you. You should be set.

By the way, I'd highly recommend you upgrade both machines to Panther. Have you used it? I can understand not wanting to install 10.1 on a Rev. D iMac, but as long as it has a decent amount of RAM (192 or more), you'd be surprised how well Panther would run on it. In any case, you won't be sharing dial-up over ethernet using 10.1. Not easily, anyway.

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yeah...

Truth be told, I've been grasping at excuses not to shell out for Panth. I've also installed Puma on the Rev D- which has 96MB RAM. It's fast. Trust me. Not like, look-at-me-go fast, but there's little to no more waiting than on the DVSE 600 with 384MB. I'm attributing this to the simplicity of Puma...

Well I'll be looking for Panther CDs on eBay... pity Puma is so limited as far as networking goes. Thanks for the tips.

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Either that long cable needs

Either that long cable needs to be plugged into a hub or it needs to be a crossover cable. Plugging a regular ethernet cable between two ethernet ports is guranteed not to work. A crossover cable works just like a null-modem cable, swaps some lines around so that the two machines can talk. The hub does all that work automatically, and probably work be better if it was a semi-smart hub (switch...). :macos:

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While what Jon is saying is t

While what Jon is saying is true, you can probably get by without the crossover cable or a hub. Modern macs have auto-sensing ports that automatically swith the right pins internally. Also, Panther will not run on that Rev. D iMac without at least 128Mb of RAM. Panther can't boot with 96 like Jag or Puma could.

Good luck!

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