View Full Version : Mac networking question: ethernet and wireless together?

2006-08-19, 18:24
SlimServer 6.3.1 on a G3 iMac.

I want the Mac to be able to get internet over wireless while at the same time serving music to the Squeezebox over Ethernet. How?

The problem is that the Squeezebox seems to have some problems using its wireless network connection, perhaps not playing nice with the Apple Airport (resetting this will improve things for a while). Plays well when connected directly to the G3 iMac server through ethernet, but this connection seems to go dead when the Airport card on the Mac is turned on.

I have it set up so that the Airport is first in the list of port configurations but, but still, the Squeezebox can't see the sever when the server's Airport card is turned on.

2006-09-13, 16:13
You might try putting the Built-In Ethernet on TOP of the port priority list, with Airport underneath. OS X allows multihoming but I don't know how you can tell applications to use a specific port, i.e. I don't know if there's a way (and if so, how) to tell your web browser to use the Airport but to tell SlimServer to use the ethernet interface.

There may be a way to do that but instead you can try letting OS X do the multihoming for you. Make the ethernet port the higher priority interface. This SHOULD make SlimServer use ethernet instead of Airport. However, an application trying to connect to the outside world should default to Airport because there will be no response on the ethernet interface for WAN-bound packets.

Be aware that this may cause an initial slowdown for your WAN-accessing applications (e.g. web browser, email client, etc.) the first time they make a connection, because they will have to wait for a timeout on ethernet before trying the Airport.

Of course, I could be wrong about all of the above, but it's worth a shot... see whether it helps. Also, try Googling for OS X multihoming and see what you find.