Tips for Securing Your Home Router
Seemingly minor and easily overlooked settings can still have profound security implications. Here are some steps you can take to make sure your wired or wireless home router — and by extension, your network — is as secure as possible.
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Having a Mac as a sharing Client doesn't actually complicate things
that much. In fact, it doesn't complicate setting up the sharing
computer at all!
It does get a little confusing, however, when it comes to non-Internet
sharing services, i.e. normal networking between the two machines in order
to share files, printers, etc. That has to be handled by
either another protocol (other than TCP/IP), another service or both.
PC MACLAN from Miramar Systems for normal file sharing between
the Mac and PC. It is installed on the PC and adds an Appletalk service.
It works for file sharing, but if you want the PC to use a non-Postscript
printer (Stylewriter, etc.) directly connected to the Mac.... well that's
As far as this exercise is concerned, PC MACLAN and TCP/IP can
peacefully coexist on the same network. Just remember that just
because the PC can see the Mac in Network Neighborhood and the Mac can
see the PC in the Chooser, doesn't mean that the TCP/IP side of things
needed for Internet sharing is working.
Another solution for allowing normal file and print sharing in a mixed
Mac / PC network is DAVE
from Thursby Software Systems. DAVE installs on the Mac and provides
a NetBios driver.
For info on how to setup TCP/IP on the Mac, go
If you'd like to take a different approach and use a Mac as your sharing
computer, check out this page.
If you just want to have an Internet connection on one Mac, but
still be able to share files, check this page.
If you'd like information on how to get a Mac to connect to a Windows'
computer that is running DialUpServer,