How to Connect to a Mac Server With a PC

By Hollan Johnson

Macs and PCs both offer different computing abilities, making them both assets to a home or work environment. Modern Macs all run on the Intel chip, which makes it easier than ever before to integrate them with PCs. If you want to set up a PC to a Mac network in which you can connect a to a Mac server with a PC it is possible. The only problem is you will only be able to share compatible files with a Mac and PC.

Things You'll Need

  • Mac OS X 4.0 and higher
  • Windows XP or higher
  • Wireless router

On the Mac

Step 1

Open System preferences. Choose "Sharing."

Step 2

Select "Windows File Sharing" and click on "Accounts." Input the names and passwords of the users who can contribute to file sharing with a PC.In Mac OS X 5.0 and higher select "File Sharing’,"then select "SMB Sharing" and choose the accounts with whom the sharing will take place, inputting the passwords when asked.

Step 3

Close System Preferences.

On the PC

Step 1

Open "Control Panel" in the Start menu.

Step 2

Click on "Network and Internet Connections." A new window will open. Click "My Network Places." Click "Add a New Place." The Network Wizard will open. Press "Next."

Step 3

Select "Choose another Network" and click "Next" again.

Step 4

Input the Mac server’s IP address. Click "Next."

Step 5

Uncheck the "Log in anonymously" box. Input the Mac user ID you will be logging into the Mac server under. Click "Next," then "Finish." A new window will open.

Step 6

Input the Mac user log in name and password and press "Log on." Your PC is now connected to a Mac server.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can connect a PC to a Mac server with a cross cable as well as wirelessly.
  • Turn Window’s file sharing off on the Mac when it is not in use, as Window’s file sharing makes the Mac less secure.