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MacDev Center posts tutorial on IP over FireWire

updated 12:40 pm EST, Thu November 13, 2003

IP over FireWire tutorial

Wei-Meng Lee has written an , which is now integrated into Mac OS X 10.3 and saying that sharing an Internet connection is preferred over setting up an ad hoc AirPort base station that might compromise security: "With the release of Panther, you can use your FireWire port for Internet sharing using a technology known as IP over FireWire (previously available for download as preview release). IP over FireWire essentially allows IP protocols-based services (such as HTTP, FTP, SSH, etc.) to be used over the FireWire connection. This means that you can use your FireWire port much like your Ethernet port."




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  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    Works with PC firewire

    Nifty. I was going to start moving some songs off my PC to my Mac when I read the article so I decided to plug in the old firewire and see if I could get the two to talk. No problem. Just have the make sure you either turn on the internet sharing so the PC will get an IP address or manually assign an address to both ends in order for them to see each other. Otherwise the Windows XP firewire IP networking works directly with the Panther firewire networking code.

    As for speed it isn't nearly as fast as a firewire hard drive would be but it is a bit faster than 100Mbit ethernet. Not sure about speed of Mac-Mac connection. If you are testing I am measuring a steady 1.91megaBYTE per second.

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    speed ok, not great

    I moved a 677943296 byte file (646 megabyte) file between my Ti800 Powerbook and a 1GHz G4 eMac via FTP.

    I first downloaded the file from the eMac to the Ti800 over FW 400, and then I did the same over 100Mbit Ethernet.

    FW 400: 677943296 bytes received in 01:32 (6.99 MB/s)
    100Mbit: 677943296 bytes received in 00:58 (11.01 MB/s)

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    slooow

    I will tell you what is slow.. Win XP has firewire over Ip built-in since its release.

    And for the above poster who is getting slower transfer, it is more likely something you did wrong or the code being wrong. Afterall, if you getting slow rate with gigabit ethernet than with 100 mbit ethernet, will you declare 100 mbit being faster or recheck your work?

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    No gigabit, dude...

    There's no mention of gigabit ethernet in either of the two posts. Where are you getting that from?

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    No s***

    No s*** Sherlock. One dumbass tried to showe FW400 is slower than 100mbit ethernet. This either means he is wrong or the code of Panther's FW over IP is bad.

    This would be equivalent of someone saying "speed is ok, but not great" and shows gigbit ethernet is *slower* than megabit ethernet - which we know is not true.

    Get it now?

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    Apple's now published

    a kbase about it:

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=135006

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