Mac-to-Mac file sharing/sending through Airport?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by smwatson, Jul 6, 2006.

  1. smwatson macrumors 6502a

    smwatson

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    My brother has treated himself to a Macbook Pro 15" for his Architecture degree, and it would be really helpful if there is a way for me to send him files from my iMac to his Macbook P. Iv tried setting up a Computer-to-Computer network, and he has then connected to this. How do i now share files?
    Cheers
     
  2. garfield2002 macrumors regular

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    OS X has a ton of networking features some of which are quite easy to use, and others will require more knowlege of IP addresses, your airport router configurations, the OS X software firewall, etc. It seems from reading your post that you are primarily interested in sending files to your brother. The easiest way to do this without a lot of tinkering with systems preferences is to fire up the old iChat, log into or create separate AIM accounts for you and your brother, and then do a simple file transfer. This method works well for a small number of files and you can actually send folders. I've used this method to send large zip archives >600MB with no problems. This method is actually quite fast if you have a broadband internet connection. :)
     
  3. Le Big Mac macrumors 68020

    Le Big Mac

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    You can share your public folder, and then he can drop documents into it.

    System Preferences-->Sharing-->personal file sharing
     
  4. dextertangocci macrumors 68000

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    Just connect the 2 macs with an ethernet cable, or airport base station or other wireless router, and enable personal file sharing in system preferences. Then, in Finder, press command + K, and type in the IP adress of the mac you want to send files to. The HD will appear on your desktop, and you can drag files onto it:)
     
  5. MacDonaldsd macrumors 65816

    MacDonaldsd

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    Seems best option

    Ive always used bonjour in iChat. Basically it means you can IM across your home network and therefore send files at about 5mb/s
     
  6. Obsidian6 macrumors 6502a

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    Agreed with the above. just enable your file sharing. enter the IP and use his Drop Box :) ahh how i love the drop box heh. Makes it very easy to get things from my g5 to my powerbook
     
  7. m-dogg macrumors 65816

    m-dogg

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    I've used Pando a few times to transfer files with a friend outside of the same network (he's an hour away and runs XP), and that has worked well. Let's you do up to 1GB per transfer and it's free.

    I know it's not exactly what's needed here, but I thought I'd throw it out there anyway...
     
  8. smwatson thread starter macrumors 6502a

    smwatson

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    This is probably a massively important point iv missed, but do i need an Airport router? all i have is my iMac and his MBP
     
  9. Obsidian6 macrumors 6502a

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    not necessarily. as long as you have a wireless network that you can both connect to.

    OR

    if you have an ethernet cable, you can create a direct high-speed connection between your two books.
    this might be of some use to you.
    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=106461
     
  10. smwatson thread starter macrumors 6502a

    smwatson

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    Problem solved. I just mounted his disk image (ifthats the right terminology) and placed files in his "drop box"
     

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