New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

 
Start a Discussion
 

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
Internet, Networking, and Wireless Discussion of networking, internet, and wireless including Apple's Airport products.

After connecting a mac mini to my network my macbook pro can't find back-up drive


Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

 
Thread Tools
jwildbore

 
Member Since: Jan 23, 2012
Posts: 2
jwildbore is on a distinguished road

jwildbore is offline
Hi - I am a reasonably long-time mac user - but not particularly competent at fixing network issues.

I have a macbook pro, a new mac mini, a Netgear WNDR 3800 router and 2 WD MybookWorld 2 hard drives.

All was working well - my macbook pro could back-up using time machine to one NAS drive and I saved my music on the other NAS drive. I then connected a new Mac Mini (via ethernet). When that is switched on the macbook pro can no longer see the back-up drive. When switched off it can.

I have also noticed that my macbook pro has a tendency to drop the wireless signal for seemingly no reason.

Clearly the mac mini is interfering somehow with the network - but no idea how. Google searched the issue and strangely can't find any examples of people with the same issue - which is unusual.

Any help greatly appreciated.
QUOTE Thanks
mrplow

 
mrplow's Avatar
 
Member Since: Oct 01, 2007
Location: UK
Posts: 6,625
mrplow has a reputation beyond reputemrplow has a reputation beyond reputemrplow has a reputation beyond reputemrplow has a reputation beyond reputemrplow has a reputation beyond reputemrplow has a reputation beyond reputemrplow has a reputation beyond reputemrplow has a reputation beyond reputemrplow has a reputation beyond reputemrplow has a reputation beyond reputemrplow has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: 27" iMac i7 (2011) 10.9, iPhone5s, iPad Air, AppleTV2

mrplow is offline
I'd suggest that one or more of your devices has a self-assigned static IP address and that's the clash that's causing the issue.

As for rectifying the issue that all depends on whether any of your devices NEED a static IP.

The best thing to try initially is to ensure that all your devices get their IP addresses from the router via DHCP. (i.e. set your network setting on the Macs to automatic and go into the settings on the world books and set those to auto/DHCP)

If you have a need for a device to have the same IP on the network all the time you can use the Lan IP setup on your Netgear router to always allocate the same IP to a particular device. That way the router is still in control and all devices still receive IP address from the router by DHCP.

External hard disk acquisition addict - but admitting the problem is the first step to a robust backup

Please use the reputation system if you think you've been helped - top right of this post
QUOTE Thanks
jwildbore

 
Member Since: Jan 23, 2012
Posts: 2
jwildbore is on a distinguished road

jwildbore is offline
I did consider that option. However, I have never set a static IP address for any of them and checked on the router and they all appear to have been issued separate IP addresses.

The reason for the delay in replying is that suddenly everything started working (no change in set-up). However, yesterday the same problem reoccurred. I now have the Mac mini backing up the drive I saved my music on. At the moment either computer can back-up provided the other computer is switched off.

It is weird that this has become an intermittant fault. I suspect that the issue may not be the network and something to do with the worldbooks set-up.

Any other thoughts greatly appreciated.
QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe


« Accessing Macbook Air and Windows 7 PC on Same Network | Which channel? »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Another MacBook Hard Drive Replacement Experience caribiner23 Apple Notebooks 29 11-24-2011 12:16 AM
Mac mini or macbook pro crimsonhooch Apple Desktops 6 03-27-2011 05:51 PM
MacBook impressions - trip to store kaidomac Schweb's Lounge 24 10-14-2007 01:45 PM
Connect a Mac Mini to a Macbook Pro? Charlotte_RG Apple Notebooks 4 06-03-2007 02:38 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:49 PM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
X

Welcome to Mac-Forums.com

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!


(4 digit year)

Already a member?