Daughter in LA, me in MD. Can we share MBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Just-me, Feb 6, 2009.

  1. Just-me macrumors newbie

    Jun 6, 2008
    My daughter is in LA, I am in MD. We both have MacBook Pro's.
    Is there a way I can hook up an external hard disk to mine and my daughter can read, copy etc' as if it was hooked up to her's? If there is, please explain in detail, no too much knowledge in computers here. :)
    Any help would be VERY appreciated.
    Thank you in advance.
  2. emotta macrumors member

    Feb 4, 2009
    any external hard drive can be used to copy information from one mac to another.
  3. claimed4all macrumors 6502

    Sep 26, 2008
    Very possible to do. Your best bet would be to set up a "net share" with the hard drive connected to the router, that way your laptop does not need to be online. Some routers make this very easy to do.
    So what kind of router do you have?
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    First you get a reeeeeeally long cord..... :D

    Seriously, check out Dropbox as a method of sharing files remotely.
  5. eldy macrumors 6502

    Jan 30, 2009
    The City
    Where does your daughter go to school? I'll be able to help her out. ;)
  6. Just-me thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 6, 2008
    Thanks for the response claimed4all.
    It's an Airport Extreme.
    How do I set up a "net share"?
  7. Just-me thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 6, 2008
    Yeah, it's gonna be a looooooong walk to Home Depot......
    I just heard of VNC and I am going to try that, along with what you all said.
    Thanks a lot.
  8. claimed4all macrumors 6502

    Sep 26, 2008
    With an Airport Extreme you can hook a hard drive up to it directly.
    Now since you more than likely have a dynamic IP you will need a service like DynDNS. You register for an account and it runs a small app on a machine on the network. It updates your IP to a server whenever it changes and gives you an address to get to your router. Then follow below, I do not have an Airport Extreme so I am using someone elses answer.

    A Link to another article here that may help.
  9. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Just enabled FTP on your computers, set up a dyndns.org account if your ISP doesn't give you a static IP. Also if you have more than one computer, you can forward port 22 to your computer's IP and it should work.

    You can also get MobileMe and share the iDisk.

    Of course many universities have bandwidth limits for the students, so if your daughter goes to a school in LA with a bandwidth limit, it's unlikely you can share much. If we know what school she goes to, it may be easier for us to find you a better solution if possible.
  10. Just-me thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 6, 2008
    Hello all. Just got back from a trip.
    I will try your suggestions and update here how it is going.
    Thanks for your replies and for your time.
  11. msprouls macrumors member


    Feb 5, 2007
  12. maestrokev macrumors 6502a


    Apr 23, 2007
    Cloud computing is the way to go, that means storing and sharing your files on the internet.

    ZumoDrive gives 1GB free and lets you both access the files on the internet.

    Alternatively, try Dropbox which gives each of you a 2GB account and then you can choose which folders to share with each other and syncs automatically. If you click on my Dropbox link you can sign up with an additional 256MB.

    I use both services to share files with other family members.
  13. Zyniker macrumors 6502

    Feb 14, 2008
    Ease of use option: MobileMe.
    If you sign up for MobileMe and you both use the same login (that part is key), then your respective computers should show up in the Finder's sidebar on the other's computer. Simple, straightforward...no arcane DNS fun. ;)

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