Computer to computer via Ethernet cable
I have an Apple G5 and have Debian 6.0.6, but have some confusion about connecting the Mac to a windows machine which has Internet communications. I have many files that I wish to have on the Linux box, but can't move them without a lot of writing to DVD's.
I have an Ethernet cable connecting them together. This cable is what is termed a 'turn around' or 'null modem' type cable. I built this by swapping the transmit data with the receive data at one of the ends. I did manage to connect to my OS X via this cable so I think the hardware is operating correctly. It also says 'Connected' on the G5 end, if that matters.
However I cannot get an ftp request to work as it and a browser using ftp, claims that the site is 'unavailable or too busy'. I can't help but believe that the configuration of the devices are incorrect. I use the windows stated ip address to attempt to connect via FTP in iceweasel or the ip via a window using the ftp software.
Even thought I have a wireless card in my G5 it doesn't seem to be able to receive a signal from any of my other devices that I could when I used OS X.
I keep an HD for booting my old OS X, if need be.
Do I need to tell the G5 what IP it should be itself? I have attempted that, but still no go.
Please remember I'm not an even 'good' user of Linux as of yet although I know computers lots of times a suggestion leaves out a step that causes it to fail, so please be specific.
Thanks to all for even reading, if not suggesting something.