Can't connect 2 mac by ethernet (only wifi working)

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Moskiton, May 8, 2013.

  1. Moskiton macrumors newbie

    Jun 7, 2012
    Hi everybody

    i need some help! I just bought a new imac and i want to transfer a huge amount of files from my old macbook pro 2008

    i followed all kind of guide and i set all the ip parameters and shared folders properly
    the problem is that the 2 macs can share the folders just by wifi and there is no way to make it works by ethernet (really more faster transfer)
    i tried even to change cable

    the imac has mountain lion and the macbook pro snow leopard

    please let me know how to solve this problem
    thanks! :)
  2. r0k macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
    Do you have a hub or switch between the two Macs? A lot of modern devices can "autoswitch" and figure out whether they are connected to a hub/switch or to another device. I'm just not sure at the moment if this applies to a 2008 Macbook Pro so one thing I'd try is a gigabit switch. A 5 port gigabit switch can be had relatively cheap. Of course, transferring files via wifi isn't exactly the end of the world either. I mean, you posted this at 6:07 pm yesterday. If you had started the transfer then, even over slow wifi, you'd be done now.

    If you're already using a switch, another thing to check is to turn off any static ip settings and allow both machines to get an IP address via DHCP from your router.

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