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Old Sep 30, 2012, 09:50 AM   #1
kikashi
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Two Macs, one Ethernet cable

For several years, I've been able to connect my Pro desktop to my MacBook Pro directly by an Ethernet cable; to "see" the Pro (which has File Sharing enabled) on the laptop's list of servers ("Shared") in a Finder sidebar on the laptop; and so to mount the desktop's disk on the laptop for very quick copying of large quantities of data.

In Mountain Lion (and perhaps in Lion, which I didn't have installed for long), this no longer works: the desktop just doesn't show up in the server list. If I enable wifi on both machines, it does show up but of course the connection over wifi is much, much slower than it is over Ethernet.

I have set the Finder's preferences to show everything enabled in the sidebar.

Is this as it should be, or is there something I can enable to get it back? The alternative, of course, is to connect the laptop in firewire disk mode but that means shutting it down, which is tedious.

TIA

Jeremy
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Old Feb 3, 2013, 12:53 PM   #2
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I was having the same problem with my new iMac and an ancient PB.

After restarting both, it was working again....

Found a long thread elsewhere suggesting the restart due to DHCP.
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Old Feb 3, 2013, 02:17 PM   #3
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I was having the same problem with my new iMac and an ancient PB.

After restarting both, it was working again....

Found a long thread elsewhere suggesting the restart due to DHCP.
Older Macs require cross-over cables since their ethernet cards don't have auto-mdix. This might be an issue, but other than that directly connecting to Macs with an ethernet cable should about as hard as connecting them with firewire.
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