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Allie's avatar

Can you run a Mac on a PC wireless network?

Asked by Allie (17536points) April 17th, 2008

… Or do you need a special wireless network for Apple?
If it is possible to set it up on the same network, how do I do it?

I’m trying to connect my MacBook Pro to the wireless network my uncle runs his IBM on…

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iwamoto's avatar

well, see, 802.11 draft was designed to make everyone happy, since all wireless networks work that way now, you can use apple and windows devices in a network, airports with windows machines on it, and vice versa

see, easy one

Allie's avatar

ok good.. but how do I add my Mac to my uncles network?

Allie's avatar

His network shows up on AirPort but it asks me for a password and the password he uses doesn’t let me join.

iwamoto's avatar

well, check if it’s the right security settings, if it is the right password for the right network, there shouldn’t be a problem, try rebooting and connecting again

Allie's avatar

If it’s the right security settings from his end or mine? There is a lock next to his network name.. does he have to “unlock” it before he can add me?

We keep seeing something about a network key, but I don’t know what this is… or if it matters…

Bri_L's avatar

When i started my mac book pro and my mac pro up they both automatically found my pc wireless network. Any issues I may have had were related to security settings on the wireless network.

iwamoto's avatar

see, that “key” is what you need, you need the password for his wireless, you should get a promptscreen for it, a little windows asking for it, make sure you have the right code

Allie's avatar

yes! just to let you two know i am writing this from my MBPro. We got the right passkey thing and it just connects me automatically now every time I start my computer.

Thanks so much iwamoto and Bri_L!!!!!

iwamoto's avatar

you’re welcome , a happy mac users makes me happy :D

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