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Mixing Wireless and Wired Network?

Postby lbm247 » Tue, 27 Jun 2006 21:43:14 GMT

Hi Folks, hoping someone can help me out with this little problem.

In my home office, I have 2 systems - a Mac running OSX Tiger, and a PC
running XP Pro.  The PC is used purely as a server, although I do have
a KVM attached to the 2 machines.

My Wireless router is located elsewhere in the house, and so both the
Mac and PC have wireless access to the net.  Both also have standard
network adapters too.

Now, I want to be able to send large files (4Gb+) to the PC from the
Mac, however the wireless network keeps failing with such large files
(and takes forever to get there even with small files).  So, I figure I
need to get these 2 machines talking to each other via a wired network.
 I have a standard 10/100 hub in between them, and cat5 cables going
from each machine into the hub.

If I disable the wireless on both machines, they will naturally talk to
each other via the wired connection - but when wireless is enabled,
they will always select the wireless route.  Wireless connections are
both using DHCP addresses, whereas the wired connections are manually
configured (because there is no router between them, just the hub).

So, is there a way for me to tell these machines to talk to each other
via the wired connection instead of the wireless one?  Preferably
without me having to disable the wireless connection each time I want
to send files between them.

Also, if I may be so cheeky to ask another quick question - is there a
way to set a permanent drive map from the Mac to the PC, rather than
having to manually connect to the shared drive on the PC all the time?

Thanks to anyone that can help with either of these queries!

Re: Mixing Wireless and Wired Network?

Postby Dave Balderstone » Tue, 27 Jun 2006 22:09:47 GMT

In article < XXXX@XXXXX.COM >,

Change the order of the network connections in the Network preference
pane. I believe the Mac will use the one at the top preferentially.

Re: Mixing Wireless and Wired Network?

Postby neillmassello » Tue, 27 Jun 2006 23:07:45 GMT

Give the Ethernet port of each machine a manual IP address in a subnet
that's different from the one on the wireless network, then drag the
Mac's Internet connection (AirPort) to the top of the Network Port
Configurations list. 

Add the server volume to your Login Items. 

Re: Mixing Wireless and Wired Network?

Postby Bob Harris » Wed, 28 Jun 2006 08:39:16 GMT

In article 

Don't know about the PC, but on my Mac, I configure both my 
Airport and Ethernet Network ports to use the _SAME_ manually 
configured IP address.

I can start a file copy over a WiFi connection, and if I plug my 
Mac into an ethernet switch, my Mac automatically switches to the 
faster ethernet port.  The transfer is never interrupted.  If I 
unplug from the ethernet switch before the transfer finishes, the 
Mac switches back to the WiFi connection.

Now I also have the ethernet switch connected to the router, so 
any internet traffic switches along with my file transfers.

If you are setting up a private subnet just between the PC and the 
Mac, you will need to choose a different subnet from the home 
router so that the Macs do not try to use the router as a middle 

                                        Bob Harris

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