(OT) Airport question

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28 Jul, 2020 09:42 AM

I apologize if this is off topic on this blog but I thought Cameron or one of the other developers might have some experience with this.

I have a PowerMac G4 M8573LL/A running Tiger (it can also boot up in Leopard but I rarely do) equipped with an Airport card that's hard wired to the Internet. A few feet away I have a 2009 iMac running El Capitan and the very latest version of Firefox that gets its Internet through Wi-Fi. I was wondering if there's any way I can get the hard drive of the PowerMac G4 to mount on the desktop of the iMac using the old Airport technology. It sure would simplify my life because now I'm having to upload text files and images when I update the news section of my website to an FTP server, then download them to the PowerMac G4 where I keep the latest version of my website. Also if I could get these two computers to talk to each other I could sync the latest version of my website on both machines using ChronoSync or something.

If this is possible, exactly what hardware and software would I need for each machine?

I remember one time years ago I tried to mount the hard drive of the PowerMac G4 to an identical PowerMac G4 I have in a spare bedroom that isn't hooked up to the Internet at all with Airport and I couldn't even get that to work (would still like to do that though).

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Chris (chtrusch... on 28 Jul, 2020 03:48 PM

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    You're right, this isn't exactly the right forum, therefore I will keep it as short as humanly possible. You should let the G4 do the work (description is for Leopard, but should work in Tiger as well). On the G4: System Preferences > Sharing > enable File Sharing. If both the G4 and the iMac are on the same network (and the WiFi router is set up to allow the connected WiFi devices to communicate), the G4 should show up under 'Shared' in the iMac's Finder sidebar. If that doesn't work, in the same System Preferences pane, enable Internet Sharing as well, sharing from Ethernet (even if that's unplugged) to computers using Air Port (provide a 'Network Name' under AirPort Options that you will recognize later). Also note the 'ComputerName' on top of the panel. You will now see a new network called 'Network Name' in the iMac's Wifi network list. Connect to it. Then in the iMac's Finder: Go Menu > Connect to Server, and type afp://ComputerName._afpovertcp._tcp.local

    For questions please PM me at [email blocked] since I don't want to abuse this Tender resource, and I know the topic can be quite complex.

  2. 2 Posted by super70s on 28 Jul, 2020 04:35 PM

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    Thanks Chris, I greatly appreciate your expert help! I will see how it goes.

    ("And now, back to our regular programming....")

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