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networked drive or network?
Posted by: Fritz
Date: September 01, 2006 01:51PM
need to find a better way to share the occasional large file(s) on the job, under pressure, between a couple pbooks.
Normally I'm rigged with 2 pbooks, an ext FW HD for each and a floating FW buss powered mini.
The buss powered mini blows by todays standards; and having to mount and unmount. Stupit.
USB flash drives are OK for their size, but sometimes leave me short; and still require plugging.
So I'm thinking networked drive.
Or should I just be thinking HW network between the 2 pbooks?
Any thoughts>
Would there be a speed difference in a networked drive as compared to a network?



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Re: networked drive or network?
Posted by: mattkime
Date: September 01, 2006 01:59PM
HW network between the powerbooks. Simple, cheap and fast.



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Re: networked drive or network?
Posted by: jdc
Date: September 01, 2006 02:33PM
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mattkime
HW network between the powerbooks. Simple, cheap and fast.

totally agree.

get a 1000bt switch and hook those PBs up

a 1 gig transfer over 1000bt should take under 50 seconds





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Re: networked drive or network?
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: September 01, 2006 02:36PM
I third the motion...
Even at 100-Base-T, the convenience will more than make up for a slight lack of speed vs Gigabit Ethernet.
Couple cables and a swith, 5 minutes to set up (that assumes you have trouble finding a place to plug the switch in...).



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Re: networked drive or network?
Posted by: blusubaru
Date: September 01, 2006 02:42PM
You don't even need a switch. Just a normal cat5 cable (for 100 baseT) or cat6 (for 1000 baseT). Doesn't even need to be a crossover cable. Then turn file sharing on from the system prefs. Bodda-bing.
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Re: networked drive or network?
Posted by: Fritz
Date: September 01, 2006 02:50PM
all brands more or less the same where Macs are concerned?

wouldn't the switch be faster then just a straight cable connect?



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Re: networked drive or network?
Posted by: mattkime
Date: September 01, 2006 02:58PM
>>Then turn file sharing on from the system prefs.

Is it that easy? I thought it might be a good idea to have a box assigning IP addresses. Hm, yeah, a router instead of a switch. Maybe I'm wrong



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Re: networked drive or network?
Posted by: blusubaru
Date: September 01, 2006 03:44PM
I'm doing it right now with just a simple ethernet cable attached between two 1000 bastT Macs going through file sharing.
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Re: networked drive or network?
Posted by: Fritz
Date: September 01, 2006 03:52PM
and that will allow the admin access to ext drive too, correct?



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Re: networked drive or network?
Posted by: blusubaru
Date: September 01, 2006 05:09PM
Yup.
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Re: networked drive or network?
Posted by: jdc
Date: September 01, 2006 05:15PM
there are very few 1000bt routers

straight cable would be fine, provided theres nothing else you want to network





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Re: networked drive or network?
Posted by: comphernation
Date: September 02, 2006 03:23AM
How far apart are the machines? I don't know if it would actually be any faster than Ethernet, but I/P over FireWire networking is available in Panther and Tiger.

[www.lifehacker.com] describes networking a PC and a Mac. Configuring two Macs is similar but easier.

One day I tried it. Unhooked the camera end of my iSight's cable and plugged it into my wife's PB. It worked quite well and was fast. Longer cables can be found for cheap if needed -- [www.pcmicrostore.com] for example.

For easy future use I went to the Network pref pane in both PBs, chose 'Network Port Configurations' and dragged 'Built-in FireWire' to the top of the list. This makes the machine look for a FireWire network before any others. (It searches in the order listed.) When I don't have a FW cable connected, it skips it and looks to #2 in the list (in my case Built-in Ethernet). If there's no Ethernet cable connected, it goes to #3 (AirPort, which is usually what we use).

I/P over FireWire is theoretically capable of 400Mbps or 800Mbps, depending on which flavor your machine contains. In any case, it's real quick. You can also use it for Internet sharing -- [www.macdevcenter.com] -- if desired.

Hope that's clear and perhaps useful. :-)
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Re: networked drive or network?
Posted by: Mr645
Date: September 02, 2006 07:41AM
With two Macs, yea, all you need is a Cat5e or Cat6 cable.

If you plan on adding any more Macs, then get a router. Since most Macs have 1000BaseT these days, get a router that supports it.

[www.buy.com]

5 port for $30



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Re: networked drive or network?
Posted by: Fritz
Date: September 02, 2006 08:20AM
FW ports are busy with ext drives. I can';t imagine you could have drives and IP going at the same time without some sort of comms mess, but I'll test at the office next week.



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