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AirPort bridging problem
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Jan 9, 2003, 01:14 AM
 
Hello ...


I've written before (a couple of months ago) about on-going problems I've had with an AirPort network (featuring about 6 Base Stations) in which attempts to "Connect to Server" from one Mac to another would fail. A number of things to try were offered in this forum, but the problems have persisted.

I believe at this point I have narrowed the problem down.

If Mac 1 is connected to the network via AirPort Base Station A, and Mac 2 is connected to the network via AirPort Base Station B, then a "Connect to Server" attempt from one Mac to the other will fail (even though each Mac appears in the other's "Connect to Server" list).

All ABSs are set to do network bridging, and all channels are set so as not to interfere with each other. (Currently, the Macs are all set up to do DHCP (with an Xserve distributing the IP addresses), but the problem existed even when IP addresses were manually assigned.)


Suggestions?


Thanks and regards,

DayLateDon
     
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Jan 9, 2003, 08:52 PM
 
Are you sharing using TCP/IP or AppleTalk? If the latter, try the former.
     
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Jan 10, 2003, 03:30 PM
 
Hello ...

AppleTalk is disabled. (Not only in the Network System Preferences, but also in the Directory Access "Services" tab.)

Here's a complete(?) run-down of settings from various components:

Macs Network System Preferences for AirPort (the only active port)

TCP/IP Tab
Configure: Using DHCP (Xserve on network provides DHCP service)
Search domains: local.

AppleTalk Tab
Make AppleTalk active: NO
(Other options disabled.)

Proxies Tab
Nothing checked.

AirPort Tab
After restart or wake from sleep: Join specific network [SMS Network]


Macs Directory Access settings
Services Tab
NO: AppleTalk
NO: BSD Configuration Files
YES: LDAP v2
YES: LDAP v3
NO: NetInfo
YES: Rendezvous
YES: SLP
YES: SMB

Authentication Tab
/NetInfo/root

Contacts Tab
/NetInfo/root


AirPort Base Station settings
(All stations have identical settings except for channel numbers and things like station name/location/contact.)

AirPort Tab
AirPort Network Name: [SMS Network] (Same for all stations.)
Channel: 10
Station Density: Medium
Multicast rate: 2 mb/s

Internet Tab
Connect using: Ethernet
Configure: Using DHCP

Network Tab
Distribute IP Addresses: NO
Options unavailable:
AirPort client computers share a single IP address
AirPort client computers share a range of IP addresses

Enable DHCP server on Ethernet: NO
Enable AirPort to Ethernet Bridging: YES

Port Mapping Tab
Nothing

Access Control Tab
Nothing



Any more suggestions?


DayLateDon
     
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Jan 10, 2003, 04:41 PM
 
You don't say if you are using OS 9 or X, but in 9, at least, AppleTalk has to be ON, even if you are file sharing by TCP/IP.

See: http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=60627
     
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Jan 10, 2003, 06:30 PM
 
Hello ...


OS X Jaguar (10.2.2 and 10.2.3) all around.


Regards,

DayLateDon
     
   
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