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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2004 3:54 am    Post subject: Setting up a Mac network Reply with quote

I figured this would fit in better in the PPC forum because it deals with PPC hardware, but if I'm wrong, feel free to move this.

I just recently acquired a new PowerBook that will primarily be running Gentoo, but may occasionally boot into OSX. I have an iMac that I was using as a desktop machine and now I would like to convert it to a NAT router with IP masquerading (among other things). However, the Ethernet port on my iMac is taken up by the DSL modem and a Google search seems to suggest that my modem (Essential Networks SpeedStream) does not work with a USB connection under Linux. Based on this, I don't think that I can accomplish what I want to without purchasing additional hardware. I am either looking for confirmation that my instincts are correct or a way to accomplish this.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2004 5:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

when I make a router, I use two ethernet cards. one to plug in to the DSL modem, one to plug into your switch (or powerbook if you don't want to get a switch).

pci ethernet cards are about $10. I think you can add a pci card to an imac, but not sure
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2004 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It looks like you can't add any PCI cards to my iMac. Yeah, I probably should have mentioned at the beginning that I have an iLamp. It looks like the only possibllity is to buy a NAT router. Can anyone suggest one that they've had good experiences with?

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PostPosted: Sun May 02, 2004 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a suggestion, not one I have tried myself but a way you can do it.

ethernet over firewire between the iMac and PowerBook.
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PostPosted: Sun May 02, 2004 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the easiest and prettiest solution is to get an USB to Ethernet adapter to put between the iMac and the modem and then use the iMac's builtin Ethernet adapter to connect the PowerBook.

I haven't used any of these adapters myself, but I'm pretty sure that at least some of them are supported by Linux. Google is your friend... :wink:

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The answer to your question is that I think you're right about not being able to do it without getting additional hardware. If you don't mind being wired with the PowerBook, the FireWire solution suggested by pixie is probably the cheapest (you would only need to get a cable).
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PostPosted: Mon May 03, 2004 12:28 am    Post subject: Tip: Styles can be applied quickly to selected text. Reply with quote

Thanks for the answers, but I already went out and purchased a D-Link router. But I'll keep the ethernet over firewire solution in mind, just in case.

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