View Full Version : how do i set up mine and a friends laptops on the same network to share an optical dr
Dec 31, 2010, 08:12 PM
the title pretty much is my question. I need to set up two mac Laptops to be on the same network so i can use his optical drive to upgrade to snow leopard it says to have the two on the same network in the manual and im having trouble doing this my isp is att ethernet and his is comcast cable ethernet when i tried to set up a network using the network set up assistant it gave me a warning saying i could be removed by the isp for messing up the network so i stopped and can find no info on how to get around that or if its really that severe to continue any help would be appreciated and thank you!
Dec 31, 2010, 08:16 PM
You need to use either a router or ethernet switch to connect them both on one network, and then go into system preferences and enable DVD or CD Sharing in the Sharing prefpane.
Shy of a router or ethernet switch you might be able to do something with a VPN, but even IF you could it would be painfully slow.
Jan 1, 2011, 12:19 PM
You could try to set up a temporary ad-hoc if you only need to do it once or at least not simultaneously with an internet connectivity option... It gets complicated then. Given that you have a mac there is some software from Apple that allows sharing of optical drives wirelessly. I even think it is built in Snow Leopard.