Airdrop speed slow?

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  1. enigma2k macrumors regular

    May 12, 2010

    I am using 2 MBA 2011 to test sending files with Airdrop between them and I am only getting a speed between 10-30kb. So even some small files take very long to transfer.
    Shouldn't it be fast since it is using WLAN?
  2. gentlefury macrumors 68030

    Jul 21, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    not really sure how AirDrop works because for some reason it only works over wifi. I was annoyed to see it wasn't on my Mac Pro, but it is on my mac mini....why wifi only...dumb.
  3. DustinT macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2011
    It requires some hardware support in the wireless card. That's not present on the older machine's wireless cards. Regarding the speed issues you are having, I'm not sure what to tell you since I have not tested it at all.
  4. jman240, Jul 26, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2011

    jman240 macrumors 6502a

    May 26, 2009
    I heard that was just for Ad-Hoc (sans router) but with a router present this wasn't an issue. I could be wrong but for this case the OP said he was going from a 2011 Air to another 2011 Air so this probably doesn't even apply.

    As for the OP my only experience with a file transfer was from a MBPro to a MBAir and it went rather quickly even for a large file.

    I'm curious to know if the WiFi requirement is true and thus alienating any MacPro users? That could possibly be fixed in a later release just strange it wouldn't just use the router and existing network.
  5. JulieBMurphy macrumors newbie

    Sep 18, 2009
    The transfer speed is not fast enough, but acceptable... however, it take around 30 seconds to "find" the other machine (MBP 09 <--> MBA 11) and I cannot do anything before they appeared...

    It seems Dropbox is more useful if you own both machine...
  6. JacaByte macrumors 6502

    Dec 26, 2009
    I was under the impression that AirDrop used Bluetooth, not WiFi, the former of which is far, far slower than the latter.
  7. jman240 macrumors 6502a

    May 26, 2009
    From the Apple website:

    "No network required
    AirDrop uses peer-to-peer Wi-Fi between participating Mac computers and doesn’t require a wireless network infrastructure or base station."
  8. Ronnoco macrumors 68030


    Oct 16, 2007
    United States of America
    I Use Airdrop to transfer large files between my 15" MBP and my 11" MBA and I find the speeds to be fantastic. I transferred a 3.5GB video file between the two in about 5 minutes. I was VERY pleasantly surprised. LOVE Airdrop!
  9. hexonxonx macrumors 601

    Jul 4, 2007
    Denver Colorado
    I'll continue using my Ethernet cable between my two Macs. Much faster.
  10. Jerome Morrow macrumors 6502a

    Jerome Morrow

    Jun 13, 2011
    United Kingdom
    I'm getting ~9-10 MB/s with AirDrop. Very normal speed for machines with draft .11n@150Mbps.
  11. enigma2k thread starter macrumors regular

    May 12, 2010
    how is it possible then that my Airdrop speed between 2 2011 MBA is so slow?
  12. mnsportsgeek macrumors 68000

    Feb 24, 2009
    I tried air drop once and the speed was slow. Tried it again between the same two computers and it was speedy fast. The two attempts were probably two minutes apart. It was weird.
  13. enigma2k thread starter macrumors regular

    May 12, 2010
    I have only got about 140kb/s maximum. I wonder how to get 9-10MB/s with Airdrop.
  14. saberahul macrumors 68040

    Nov 6, 2008

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