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    Networking Mac and PC
    Hello,

    I have a question about networking and I am very new to this....

    I have this old G4 tower that I recently stopped using because I just bought a mini mac. I also have a PC laptop and a printer. My idea is to use the G4 tower as a backup server which connect the mini mac, Pc laptop and the printer.

    But here is the complicated part (at least to me...), first of all I am in the rented office space, meaning that I am using their internet connection and the G4 Tower is connected through Ethernet already. Second, the printer I have is MP780 from Canon and it doesn't have built-in networking option, only the USB.

    All I want is to use the G4 Tower as the backup server so that I can exchange the files between the mac mini and the PC laptop and also the center point where the PC laptop and the mac mini can print from the printer.

    I really appreciate if you have any suggestions.

    Thanks bunch in advance,

    Design Agent

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    Networking Mac and PC
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    Try this link, it has helped me and a lot of other people on here:

    http://www.ifelix.co.uk/tech/

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    jy106
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    Set up user accounts on your G4 tower and connect all 3 computers to the office ethernet. Then just look for the G4 tower on the network and login safely. I have a usb printer connected to a PC and I can print via my wifi network, just make sure the printer is shared.

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    Networking Mac and PC

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    Thank you for the suggestions. In this setup which computer should I connect the printer to? Would that be G4? Then if I connect the printer to G4 will it be autimatically shared?

    many thanks,

    Design Agent

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    @PunkRockTuba:
    That site rocks! Thanks a ton.

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    jy106
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    Quote Originally Posted by Design Agent
    Thank you for the suggestions. In this setup which computer should I connect the printer to? Would that be G4? Then if I connect the printer to G4 will it be autimatically shared?

    many thanks,

    Design Agent

    You could connect the printer to any of the computers, if you connect it to a mac just go into: system preferences > sharing, make sure printer sharing is ticked. You should then be able to add the printer on the computers on the ethernet. :mac:

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