connecting a D4 to an IMac with ethernet cable - any ideas
I have been trying for a few days to connect my D4 to my IMac with an ethernet cable to transfer images to the IMac as I take them - reading Nikon's D4 network manual and D4 users manual, it does seem feasible without using a USB cable - but I must tell you it is not intuitively obvious - am I beating a dead horse to death or if it feasible, any ideas who to do it step-by-step - many thanks
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#1. "RE: connecting a D4 to an IMac with ethernet cable - any ideas" | In response to Reply # 0KnightPhoto Nikonian since 18th Dec 2006Wed 11-Jul-12 11:39 AM | edited Wed 11-Jul-12 12:07 PM by KnightPhoto
Is it implied we also must have Camera Control Pro in order for this to work?
Edit: sorry no that is not it. It should be possible in either 'Image Transfer' mode or 'HTTP Server mode'.
I see there is a separate 100-page Nikon D4 Network Guide. Do you have that? It is also available as a PDF download. Just starting to look at it myself...
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#2. "RE: connecting a D4 to an IMac with ethernet cable - any ideas" | In response to Reply # 0gpoole Nikonian since 14th Feb 2004Wed 11-Jul-12 12:06 PM
I've connected my D4 via Ethernet. You probably need to connect through an Ethernet switch. A direct connection to your comput4er would require a crossed cable and probably some strange settings in the computer config.
I set up the interface to use the HTML server capability of the camera. No additional software was required, just accessed the camera through my browser.
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#3. "RE: connecting a D4 to an IMac with ethernet cable - any ideas" | In response to Reply # 2Wed 11-Jul-12 01:48 PM
Gary - thanks - I will have to get an Ethernet switch (I am now way beyond my IT network knowledge) - I imagine I could get one at Amazon or CompUSA or Best Buy - when tied together with the ethernet cable, my network recognizes the camera and IMac - but there is no communication between these devices - I have read Nikon's network manual twice and it is not the clearest document on the planet - let me get the switch then go from there - thanks - Jim
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#4. "RE: connecting a D4 to an IMac with ethernet cable - any ideas" | In response to Reply # 3RodW Registered since 25th Mar 2012Thu 12-Jul-12 03:28 AM | edited Thu 12-Jul-12 03:31 AM by RodW
I think your problems are network related not camera related. Ethernet networks are a star based topology with a hub in the middle radiating out to devices like the spokes of a wheel. Today, we don't use hubs anymore, we use switches which have greater throughput because they can let each device talk directly to any other directly instead of broadcasting to all devices which is how a hub works. This means switches are faster. Network cabling has two pairs of wires in it one for transmit (TX) and one to receive (RX). If you try to plug a cable from to your camera to your PC, you will be TXing to the TX port which does not work. In this instance, you need a cross over cable that connects the TX pair to the RX pair so what is transmitted can be received. However, this is only half the battle because to use a crossover cable, you need to set up the IP addresses manually (each device must have a unique IP address which serves as the unique "phone number" of that device on your network. This is all done for you in the switch as it is wired so that TX and RX are always connected correctly with a straight through cable.
What I would suggest you do is get a router with a built in switch (and maybe wireless access point if you don't have it already). Use the router to connect to the internet so you can share your connection with other devices. Then connect your camera and your PC to ports on the switch built into the router. The router will have some magic trickery in it called a "DHCP server" which will automatically provide each device connected to it with an IP address so you don't have to dig into the techo stuff yourself.
Switches usually don't have a DHCP server so just using a Switch will still mean you still have to set up the IP addresses manually.
I would recommend you consider getting a Netgear WNDR series router (eg. WNDR3800 or above) as they have some newer features that will give you better performance but router selection will depend on how you connect to the Internet at your place.
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