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Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by BlackMangoTree, Jul 4, 2011.
Lion Gold Master,
Does anyone know where Air Drop is hiding or is just not included.
It's in the Finder window
Nopt not in the finder window. Is there something i must do to enable it ?
Seems to depend on how old your hardware is and whether your wi-fi chipset it compatible with it.
I don't see it on a 2009 Mac Mini and 2008 iMac
Maybe it only happens when you have another Airdrop compatible PC near?
Like for shares
I have two Macs connected via airport to a Airport Express using N.
i had to enable it in the finder settings
I see nothing to do with Air Drop in the Finder preferences.
Oh well I'm not fussed, sharing files between macs without Air Drop is easy .
I don't have this. Someone on this board posted that Core 2 Duo Macs don't support it.
I don't have Airdrop either. Mac mini early 2009.
I have a late 2009 3.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 4GB of ram and I see it. Don't worry, for those of us who don't see AirDrop I'm sure someone will reverse engineer the protocol and offer an app that works on earlier Macs and Linux and FreeBSD and Windoze, etc... maybe even TRS/80 if we're lucky (fingers crossed).
Apple please explain
AirDrop requires certain capabilities from your WiFi hardware. Not all Macs have compatible WiFi cards built in. On those, you won't see or be able to use AirDrop.
AirDrop does not use your local network, so while I'm sure at some point someone will figure out how to use it on non-Macs, they'll still need compatible hardware to do it on unless you don't mind disconnecting from your regular wireless network to do it.
Oh well. No Air Drop for many people then.
Air Drop Specs
It seems for now anyways : that Any Macs that are using an Atheros Airport cards is not supported for Air Drop, Broadcom chipsets are supported.
Good find. A few tidbits from Apple Insider as well:
For those who are wondering, open up the system profiler, then, in the contents, you'll find "Airport" under the "Network" section. Click "Airport" and it'll show you your card type.
I have a Broadcom (0x14E4, 0x8C) card in one of my computers, but I have yet to find any information if it is compatible with Airdrop. Here's hoping.
That's the exact chip I have in my MacBookPro4,1, and AirDrop isn't working. Works on my MacPro5,1 though.
Bummer, I have airdrop on my laptop but not my wifes iMac. Guess I will keep sharing files the same way I have been.
No, that is not correct. I have Airdrop with nothing else around.
No dice here. Mid 2007 MBP. Guess it's time to upgrade.
Supported Air Drop Hardware
This is stupid as ****. My mac mini is on my network hard wired to airport extreme. why the hell does it matter what wifi chipset I have!
I'm a little bummed my early 2008 Mac Pro can't use it, either. It is one of the features I was really looking forward to. Alas I missed it by 3 months I guess.