Features, such as network login and Apple’s Chooser, can be accessed quickly through a Control Strip module. Once you’ve selected a server it’s neatly accessed on your Macintosh desktop just like any other hard drive or external device. However, in comparison with the likes of Dave and PC Maclan, Connectix DoubleTalk comes with no frills. It provides users with the core application needed for accessing Windows networks and PCs, and nothing more. For instance, a feature in Dave 2.5.1 allows Windows users to see shared Macintosh files on the network and neighbourhood. Another feature missing from DoubleTalk is the ability to use NetBIOS for checking IP addresses and other DNS information about the PC you’re logged on to. Also, if you plan to connect to your company LAN via PPP/Remote Access Server connection with AppleTalk, DoubleTalk does not support it. However, if you want quick access to Windows files and networked printers, there’s no better way than DoubleTalk. Boasting key networking connectivity and other features – such as support for Mac OS 9 Multiple Users and Apple Location Manager – SoHo users can confidently network with Windows without too much knowledge of what’s happening behind the scenes.
If you’re looking to quickly access your PC in a home-office network or even a larger corporate network – with DHCP/WINS server and the like – DoubleTalk is recommend. Compared to similar applications it comes with few frills, but it costs less too – only £75 in comparison with Dave’s £149 and PC Maclan’s £106 single-user price tags.