Cross Platform Setup
As mentioned in the June issue (page 44), cross-platform networking requires third-party software for the Mac or PC, depending on how you want to share files. The good news is that you can set up cross-platform networking among Windows XP/2000 and Mac OS X computers without any additional software. (The following steps assume you have set up TCP/IP on both machines. If you haven’t already done this, refer to the user documentation for the respective operating systems.)
To share files from an OS X Mac with a WinXP machine:
1. From the Mac, go System Preferences > Sharing. Turn on Windows File Sharing from the Services tab. Note the IP address that’s published in this window. You’ll need this location later on.
2. Then, go System Preferences > Accounts. Create and save a new user account. You’ll use this user information to log into the Mac from WinXP.
3. From WinXP, go My Network Places > Add Network Place. Click Next until you’re given the option to “Choose another network location.” Click Next, then enter the address from step 1. Click Next until you’ve finished adding the new network location.
4. To access this location, you’ll be asked to login. Enter the user account information from the account you created on the Mac.
5. It might take a moment to access the Home directory (the default Mac location under Windows File Sharing). Eventually, the browser will display the contents of the Home directory. You’re free to put files in any of the folders, and take files from the Public folder.
• To share files from a WinXP machine with an OS X Mac:
1. From the PC, go > My Network Places > Network Setup Wizard. You’re going to set up the computer for sharing. Follow the Wizard instructions; depending on how your machine is configured, you’ll want to select different options.
2. Eventually you’ll get to a screen that looks something like the one below. Make a note of the computer name and click Next.
3. You’ll then be prompted to name a new Workgroup. In the example below, I’ve named my workgroup Studio. Click Next until the Wizard is finished. The new workgroup should appear under Entire Network > Microsoft Windows Network.
4. Next, go My Computer, then right-click the folder(s) you wish to share. Choose Properties.
5. Click the Sharing tab, then check “Share this folder on the network.” Click Apply, then OK.
6. Windows will activate sharing for this folder.
7. From the Mac, go Go > Connect to Server.
8. Enter smb://PCComputerName/ where the PCComputerName is the name from Step 2. Click Connect.
9. In the dialog box that appears, enter the workgroup name and your Windows login name and password. Click OK.
10. Another dialog box will appear. From the drop-down menu, select the name of the shared folder, then click OK. The folder should now appear on the Mac desktop.
Setting up your network for use with a hub or router and more computers will likely involve additional or slightly different steps based on the specifics of your setup. There are several good resources available online (in addition to the Microsoft and Apple websites). Start your research by visiting www.homenethelp.com, http://joelshoemaker.com/computer/mac/pcfilesharing.html, www.atpm.com/network, www.practicallynetworked.com, and www.macwindows.com.