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Second Step: Connect your Macs with Ethernet Cables

The first thing you must do before you can actually share files is connect the computers together with cables.

  1. Connect two computers directly to each other using a crossover Ethernet cable for the fastest connection (for instance, G3 to G4 or iMac to G4). Just plug each end of the crossover cable into the Ethernet ports on each Mac. If the other Mac is too old to have an Ethernet port, you just need to get a transceiver adapter for the AAUI port; see page 674.

  2. Connect any number of computers together with straight Ethernet cables that go from each computer into an Ethernet hub, router, or switch. If you have a high-speed connection, you already have a router that you can plug the Ethernet cables into.

  3. Connect two computers directly to the same PostScript printer (either through Ethernet ports, if the printer has them, with crossover Ethernet cables; or through the regular serial port on older printers with something like a Farallon EtherMac iPrint adapter). Once both computers are connected to a printer, they are also connected to each other, whether the printer is turned on or not.

  4. Connect two computers to a non-PostScript printer with Ethernet cables or a third-party solution. Once both computers are connected to a printer, they are also connected to each other, whether the printer is turned on or not. There are devices available that will connect anything to anything. For instance, Milan Technology has an adapter that will plug into the parallel port on your color inkjet (the parallel port is the long one) that you can then plug two Ethernet cables into. Other vendors have other great solutions. The best source for solutions from a variety of vendors is DrBott.com.


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