How do I create a home network between an iMac and a PC using a Belkin router with Airport?

Nancy F September 2, 2014

How do I create a home network between an iMac and a PC laptop using a Belkin router with Airport? The Mac is on a broadband ethernet connection.

I have been trying everything for 2 weeks and I cannot get this accomplished. I had been able to do this in the past, about 3 years ago, but somehow the connection went kaput, or lost the configuration settings or something. HELP?

  1. Oron J
    September 3, 2014 at 7:12 am

    It's not entirely clear how you connect things at present. The connection should be as follows:
    Belkin router connects to broadband
    Mac & PC connect to the router via ethernet or Wifi
    As for the Airport, it depends what you use if for, but if it connecting it at all, it will also be connected to the router, preferably via ethernet and in client mode. To get things working, leave this to last.

  2. Tim B
    September 3, 2014 at 4:32 am

    We might need a little more information about your set up but it's definitely possible to point you in the right direction! By the sounds of it your Mac is currently connected to the Internet using a USB modem, which dials up.

    What you really need to do is connect to the Internet from your network, then connect to the network from the Mac. This really depends on your Belkin router and connection type, so if you could supply the model number then that would be great. Many routers come with modems built-in, so it's possible you'll just be able to connect your phone line to the router, input a few settings from your ISP and then connect to the network from your Mac.

    If you're using fiber or cable it's possible you'll need to connect a modem to the Belkin router in order to achieve this.

    Does that help at all?

  3. Jan F
    September 2, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    In an optimum case you connect the Belkin router to the Broadband and then connect both devices to the router, wired or wireless.

    As for connecting the Belkin router to the Broadband we'd need more information. Does the broadband require some dial-in or is it really just an Ethernet cable that needs to be plugged in. Depending on that the routers WAN port has to be configured. Some providers also lock the access to a certain MAC address so this would have to be taken into consideration too ~ either the router can use a "cloned" MAC address or you may have to get your provider to change it on their end.

    Setting up the network on the router should be straight forward. It's either done already or you usually have some step-by-step wizard to follow.

    Equally straight forward should be connecting the iMac and the PC to the router.