If you don't have a hub, router, swith or WiFi, you can still configure your Mac and Windows computer for sharing forthe cost of an ethernet crossover cable. Download Sharing Fles between a Mac and a PC connected with a crossover cable. It is in PDF format. You can read it using the Acrobat Reader.
You must open the Network Preferences, unlock the dialog, and select the Built-in Ethernet item in the list in the left column. Select configure Manually and enter
IP Address - 192.168.1.2
Submask number - 255.255.255.0
Router - 192.168.1.1
Windows XP: Select Start / Settings / Control panel / Network pops up to TCP/IP protocol. If you have many instances of TCP/IP, pay attention. If you have a modem in your computer - you will recognize this by a green icon with Dial-Up Adapter next to it, and the TCP/IP protocol installed for that modem - you don't have to worry. Select the other instance of TCP/IP - followed by the type of your network card - and proceed to the next step.
- Click Properties, the TCP/IP Properties panel pops up
- Select the IP-address tab on top
- Select the option Specify an IP address
- Enter your IP address - 192.168.1.2
- Enter the subnet mask - 255.255.255.0
Windows 95/98: From the Start menu, select Settings and then Control Panels. Double-click on the Network control panel to open it. (Alternatively, you can right-click on the Network Neighborhood icon on the desktop and select Properties.) In the bottom half of the Configuration tab you should see a button that says File and Print Sharing ... Click on it to open a window, check the option I want to give others access to my files., and click OK. The Identification tab of the Network control panel allows you to specify the name your computer will have on the network. If you want user-level rather than share-level access to be granted, click on the Access Control tab. Click the OK button to close the Network control panel. You may have to restart your computer. To share a folder, right click on the folder icon and select Sharing... from the contextual menu. Under the Sharing tab, check the radio button Share As: and make sure a share name is specified. You may choose to give read-only, full, or password-dependent access to the shared item. Make sure to enter a password in the Read-Only Password: text area and another in Full Access Password if you have chosen to give full (write) access. You will need to enter the password(s) twice for verification purposes.
Networking With a Windows PC
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Mac OS X: About File Sharing
Mac OS X 10.2: How to Set Up Windows File Sharing
Mac OS X 10.1 or later: How to Connect to Windows File Sharing (SMB)
MacWindows: the Web Site for Macintosh-Windows Integration