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Ask Max: Connection Sharing Through Your iBook

Asked on 05/26/2006:

I have an old PowerPC 5400/180 that I now use to watch TV (Apple Video Player). Anyway, it's not near the cable internet modem or the Airport base station (graphite). I've tried cross-over and straight-through Ethernet cables and can't connect to my iBook G3. It seems like I've tried everything short of buying an Airport Express which I'm not sure will work for this.

The 5400 is running 9.1 and the G3 is running Tiger. I've followed step by step instructions but nothing works! Help! I'd like to be able to print to a shared USB printer, and share the internet connection.


For many years I did not own a TV but instead used my 6400/180 to watch TV shows. It was a great use for my old Mac and I am happy to know that I am not the only one who thinks so.

If I understand correctly, you are trying to share your iBook's wireless connection to the 5400 through your iBook's Ethernet port. I have done this before and it worked well. You will need to use a crossover cable and plug one end into each computer. Then go into the iBook's System Preferences and click on "Sharing." Under the "Services" tab check the checkbox that says "Personal Web Sharing." Next click on the tab labeled "Internet." Then from the "Share your connection from:" pull-down menu select "AirPort." Below that are some check boxes. Check the box next to "Built-in Ethernet." Click on "Start" and that should get your iBook setup. The 5400 will need to be configured through the TCP/IP control panel to connect via DHCP over Ethernet. Then you should also go to the AppleTalk control panel and switch it to Ethernet. Lastly you want to go to the "File Sharing" control panel. Click the checkbox to enable the "Enable File Sharing clients to connect over TCP/IP" option. You should be all set after that.

If that does not work then consider buying a Linksys Wireless to Ethernet converter. I have used them in the past but they do not support AppleTalk.

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