Can I share my iMac HD via wi-fi network with my MBP?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by qwimjim, Jan 21, 2011.

  1. qwimjim macrumors regular

    Jan 5, 2011
    How well would this work, I want to buy an iMac to use as my main computer, and a MBP for my wife for her to use, to use when we travel, and basically for me to use in the kitchen or in bed at night. So I'd like to be able to have all my files on my iMac but be able to access them with the MBP via wi-fi. Both the MBP and iMac have 802.11n (and router) so should this be a piece of cake?

    I'd be mostly reading/editing/writing documents (text, pdf, word, excel), I'd be browsing photo albums (not editing), and I'd want to stream itunes from the iMac. Ideally I'd like to be able to stream video too as I download a lot of tv show torrents, but if I had to copy them over first to view it wouldn't be a big deal.

    So how would this work or would it be sluggish? I'd like to see my iMac's hard drive as a second hard drive on my MBP. I don't want to deal with syncing, I want everything to stay on the iMac, I don't want two copies of everything. Appletv can stream fairly large video in real time (720p) so logically what I want to do should work right? But does it actually work in practice, anyone do this? If it helps we live in a loft, no walls.
  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    I do that with my iMac and MBA. It's not too fast but my router is on the 4th floor and I'm usually on the 1st floor so that should explain it :p With a good router and strong signal, you should have no worries
  3. mjsmke macrumors 6502a

    Mar 2, 2010
    It should work fine.

    On the iMac in system preferences > sharing tick the box to select personal file sharing. On the MBP the iMac should appear in the sidebar in a finder window.
  4. qwimjim thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 5, 2011

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