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PC & Mac wi-fi help

by monkeyhouse / November 4, 2005 8:54 PM PST

I originaly posted this in the Wireless forum but I didn't get any replies, so I thought I'd try my luck here...

I have a wi-fi router (Linksys WRT54G) in my home with one PC (Win XP sp2) & one Mac (Powerbook G4, OSX), both wireless and I have a few issues about when I want to transfer files between these computers.

In order to connect to the Mac from my PC, I have to use the login & password for one of the user accounts on the Mac. I can then navigate through that users files.

In order to connect to the PC from the Mac, I have to login using the username on the PC, even though it's set up with only one user account and no password. Then select the shared folder I want to navigate.

When transfering files I find it is quicker when I use the Mac to setup the transfer, rather than using the PC, which also sometimes has lag problems with navigating around the Macs folders/files. In either case though the transfer speeds are far from fast. E.G. A 100Mb file may take about 15 minutes to an hour. I have security set up so only these computers can use this network, so there's no risk of any outsiders using and slowing it down.

My questions are; Can the Mac and PC be set up to automatically connect to each other without the need to login (and select a shared location in the case of the Mac), or at least have each computer remember the login details?

Why are there such differences in the transfer speeds between computers? I thought a wireless G network had ample speeds so that it wouldn't be much different than using a wired network. The data rate of 54Mbps is a heck of a lot faster than my cable internet connection, but sometimes my download speeds are faster than the network speeds I'm getting between these computers, even when my wi-fi connection quality is good. Are there any settings on either computer or in the routers firmware that could help matters?

Lastly, I'd like to be able to play video files from my PC on the Mac, over the network. Every occasion that I've tried this the lag makes it not worth the bother, even when there is no other network trafic and it sometime results in the Mac freezing, forcing a restart. The wireless data rate should be ample to achieve this. Is it just because it's a Mac and not a PC, so therefore has issues?

Ok, I think that about covers it. Thanks in advance for any answers, tips or tricks anyone can give me.

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