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Authored by: jason mark on Jan 27, '05 07:47:43PM

One frusterating thing about OSX is that Appletalk can ONLY run on EITHER wireless or the LAN. 60% of the time when in the office I'm on the LAN, and when doing things like connecting to our internal filemaker server, or sharing iTunes I want the speed of the LAN. The rest of the time I'm on wireless (conference room, someone else's desk, whatever). In those cases I'd love it if Appletalk could just "shift over" to the working network, but it can't.

So I have 2 "locations" - LAN and WAN. The ONLY reason I have to switch is to use Appletalk to get to servers, but it is an important thing...

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Authored by: The_Keymaker on Apr 01, '05 02:04:27AM

I agree that the AppleTalk switching is really clunky. I wish Apple would come up with something more Mac-like ;-).

This isn't much help, but it is a little (very little) easier than switching locations. If you set it up correctly, you can turn Airport on and off as needed using the Airport status icon in the menu bar and AppleTalk will be automatically switched for you. I find toggling Airport from the Airport status icon in the menu bar easier than digging into the Location menu under the Apple Menu. As an added benefit you only need one "Automatic" location to make this work.

Here's how I've set it up.

On your "Automatic" location, arrange the Network Port Configurations (System Preferences > Network > Show > Network Port Configurations) so that Airport is first in the list and Built-in Ethernet is second (you can drag them to arrange them). Configure the Airport and Built-in Ethernet settings on this location for your wireless and wired connections respectively. Be sure to tick the checkbox to "Show Airport status in menu bar" under the Airport tab of the Network preference pane.

Next, with Airport on, set AppleTalk to active on the Airport configuration. Now when you are plugged into the wired LAN, simply turn Airport off from the status icon in the menu bar. AppleTalk will automatically switch to your Built-in Ethernet connection. When you un-plug from the wired network to go wireless, simply turn Airport back on and AppleTalk will switch back to your Airport connection.

I prefer that to switching locations. I hope that helps.

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