PCMACLAN/W98 user needs to add XP, assistance required.

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Rob Howells, Dec 22, 2002.

  1. Rob Howells

    Rob Howells Guest


    I have an existing W98 machine which is networked directly (no hub) to a Mac Powerbook using appletalk PCMACLAN. Now I need to add to this network an XP PC. Can this be done? I am pretty new to networking and have read up on many of the tutorials and think I can link to two PC's up using TCIP and a singe crossover lead but then I'd loose my mac connection, so it looks like I need a hub, but then would the mac be happy on this?

    Anyway I'd appriciate any assistance any of you are able to offer.


    Rob Howells
  2. waddy

    waddy OSNN Senior Addict

    MACLAN is supported by XP, instead of a hub, grab a switch much the same price, just switches are better.

    Your MAC wont have a problem using a hub or switch, its just like plugging straight into the PC.

    FYI : Appletalk Protocol was discontinued with XP


    MACLAN is a good choice
  3. Rob Howells

    Rob Howells Guest

    Hi Waddy

    Thanks for that, could you tell me the differences between the hub and switch, just getting my shopping list together!

  4. cashishift

    cashishift Guest

    a router would also fix this problem..

    would enable connectivity on both end, with file sharing, and a built in firewall..