This kind of article is why I read and support ATPM. Nice to see a blog column. Keep up the great work.
I still remember downloading the first issue in DOCMaker format from AOL. Sniff…I miss the blazing fast speed of what was my new 14.4K modem!
I have a problem getting two G4s to connect to the router. I have in my setup a cable modem, a D-Link 604 router with the computers, an 8600 and G4s, 50 feet away. The 8600 connects fine, but the G4s will not connect. I have found if I put the G4s by the router it connects no problem. I have tried another card in the G4, and that did not work. Is there something I can install to improve the signal so the G4 will connect? Because that would be the easy solution. I really don’t want to have to install a longer cable to move the modem closer to the computers that would mess up too many walls and floors.
A 50 ft. run should not present a problem. The signal loss over 50 ft. is negligible for Category 5 wiring. In fact I use a 50 ft. cable in my own apartment and connect with no difficulty.
Given that when you place the G4 “by the router” (which I assume entails using a shorter cable) I suspect your 50 ft. cable may be the culprit. Try substituting a different 50 ft. cable and see if that resolves the problem. Bad Ethernet cables pop up now and then. —Evan Trent
Great site. Kudos for the networking section; now I can finally play Marathon against my nephew without buying a book to figure out how to connect two Macs…
Your “Maxi-POD” is similar to something I would really like to see from Apple—the home server. Call it the iServe, if you will. It would be a stripped-down, headless Mac that would be the gateway to all incoming stuff such as TV, telephone, Internet, etc., and have a honking huge hard drive for storing all of it, a SuperDrive for backing it all up, AirPort Extreme, possibly wireless FireWire, and it would be able to serve up all that digital goodness throughout the home in true Apple style.
When I first read your mention of wireless FireWire, I was, like, “Huh? What have you been smokin’? There’s no such thing.” I was wrong. Anyone who doubts can check this out. —Lee Bennett