19 January 2005

[sundial_life] Public Call for Networking Help

Anybody here have any clue as to how you can make a Mac running OS X 10.3.5 share its internet connection with a P2 Wintel running Win 95?

I'm willing to entertain any bit of advice.

Hardware: Mac and Wintel, as described, connected via Ethernet and tied together with a Linksys 10/100 5-Port Workgroup switch. The switch sees both computers and displays activity on both.

The connection to the Internet(s) is by 56K dialup. Hey, it's what we can do right now.

The idea is to at least make it possible for The Wife[tm] and myself to share our dialup. Additionally I'd like to share files, though right now that's not the priority, though it would be cool.

We're planing to upgrade the Wintel to at least Win 98 though right now that's out of the question, at least for a little while.

And I know the solution won't necessarily be pretty. I'm willing to live with that.

Thanks in advance to anyone compelled to respond on this.


Anonymous said...

We run 2 P4 1.6ghz machines on a home network with WinXP and share dialup internet. (I miss my cable internet and AOL sucks, but oh well.) We don't have a whole lot of experience with Macs, though. We had one once, but the poor thing was neglected and eventually abandoned.

There are some tutorials out there for cross-platform internet and file sharing. Here's a few.





Additionally, you may be able to find some free "lite version" cross-platform network and file sharing software available on the net somewhere. Finding one that works with Win95 might be a pain, though.

If all else fails, try going here:

Might make you feel better. :)


Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis said...


Provided you check back on this post after all that time, thanks for your suggestions. We have tried them all, or some version of them, and have found no joy so far. We continue the search.