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Adding a Macintosh Computer to Your Home Network

What if you have a Macintosh computer that you want to connect to your Windows XP home network? Although you cannot use Windows XP’s Network Setup Wizard for this, you can still connect a Macintosh computer to a Windows home network. If you want to use your Macintosh computer only to take advantage of Windows XP’s Internet Connection Sharing feature, you do not need to purchase any networking software. Just make sure that the TCP/IP networking protocol is installed on your Macintosh and that your network settings are configured to be automatic. Then configure your Internet browser to use the LAN to connect to the Internet. (See the documentation that came with your Macintosh computer for specific configuration instructions.) If you want to take advantage of shared files or shared printers, you need to purchase a third-party software product such as PC MACLAN or DAVE.

PC MACLAN, from Miramar Systems (www.miramar.com), makes it possible for Windows computers to understand Macintosh networking. This is a good solution if you are adding a Windows computer to a predominantly Macintosh network. This approach requires installing the PC MACLAN software on every Windows computer that you want to have access to your Macintosh computers.

DAVE, from Thursby Software (www.thursby.com), makes it possible for Macintosh computers to understand Windows networking. This is a good solution if you are adding a Macintosh computer to a predominantly Windows network. This approach requires installing the DAVE software on every Macintosh computer that you want to have access to your Windows computers.

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When combining Macintosh computers and Windows computers on the same network, it is important to remember that some file formats do not work on both computers. For example, there are subtle differences between the Windows version and the Macintosh version of the TIFF format for graphic files, so file conversion is necessary if you want to be able to use a TIFF file on both Macintosh and Windows computers. However, if you have a graphic file in JPEG format, both Windows and Macintosh computers can use it without any conversion. Additionally, files created with Microsoft Word 2002 or Microsoft Excel 2002 can be seamlessly transferred between a Macintosh and a Windows computer. See the documentation that came with your application to find out more about Windows and Macintosh file format compatibility.


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