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Connecting with MacOS X & NetBEUI to a Windows Network

Connecting with MacOS X & NetBEUI to a Windows Network


with my private Notebook I want to get access to the Network in our company.

The administrator sais, IP addresses are very "expensive", so only the Desktop Machines in the rooms and Notebooks of "special" people get their own IP address (in other words:
as I am not "special" enough, I don't get an IP address for my  notebook and can not connect via TCP/IP to the network).

The solution (according to our admin) is to connect the notebook via Ethernet and NetBEUI (without an extra IP address), so I would not have access to the servers, but only to my Desktop computer.

My private Notebook is an Apple PowerBook G3 running MacOS 10.2.
Unfortunately (AFAIK) OS X does not include NetBEUI, so I would have to buy extra Software, e. g. DAVE for 99$ - which I would like to avoid if possible.

I learned that SAMBA (which is also included in MacOS X) is very powerful in networking, I got a book (Samba for dummies), but I (not very smart in networking yet) could only find information about how to set up a server with samba, but I think, what I need is a client, isn't it?

Can anybody give me a hint, how I can connect with my FreeBSD-based MacOS X to a windows network (I'm not sure, which server they're using, if you tell me what questions I have to ask our admin, I'll do) WITHOUT needing my own IP address?

Thanks in advance for your Help,
Best regards from Karlsruhe


RE: Connecting with MacOS X & NetBEUI to a Windows Network

IP addresses are very "expensive"?  What's your admin smoking?  Surely you're not using public IP addresses at your company?

RE: Connecting with MacOS X & NetBEUI to a Windows Network

Well, in those "hard times" research centres have to save money and it seems that the services offered by our central computing department which provides the network infrastructure is payed (within the whole centre).
And it seems that my department has to pay a certain fee for  "reserving" IP addresses for their computers, so the more IP addresses there are needed the more they have to spend each year (and it's not a fault to try avoiding unnecessary costs...)

Surely, if any of the 85 staff members in my department would like to connect his desktop PC and his private (or business) notebook with its own IP adress we might run short of IP addresses.

However, the problem seems to be solved for the moment/ for the future: our admin found me a free IP address I can use with my PowerBook and he plans to set up dynamic allocation of IP addresses via DHCP.

Thanks for yor answer,


RE: Connecting with MacOS X & NetBEUI to a Windows Network

The unknowled is the best expensive in the world. Martin your company had been jac.........

RE: Connecting with MacOS X & NetBEUI to a Windows Network

That was a timely response.

RE: Connecting with MacOS X & NetBEUI to a Windows Network

Yeah, what a timely response.
Nevertheless I'm sure, that such a wise answer needs time consuming reflection and careful consideration.

However, since the beginning oft last year, I'm connecting to our intranet and to our servers with my PowerBook via DHCP.
No problem.

Best regards,


p.s. just for my (no-native-speaker-)vocab: How would the word "jac..." been con tinued and what does it mean?

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