How to Connect a Mac to a PC via Wifi to share files?


macrumors 65816
Original poster
Oct 31, 2008
Hi Guys i have a MacBook Pro and a PC
The MBP Connect to the Internet via Wifi, the PC connects to the same router but via Ethernet

Any ideas how to connect the MacBook to the PC and vice-versa to share files constantly?
I made a network on the MacBook and connected the PC to it via a Wifi USB Dongle but no luck on how to drop files


macrumors 65816
Feb 15, 2005
It would help to know what OS (I'm assuming Windows) is running on the PC.

In general, as long as you've connected them to the same network one way you could go about this is to:

-enable file-sharing on your PC, this means you right-click a directory and change the permissions so that the folder is shared on the network
-enable file-sharing on your Mac (go to: System Preferences > Sharing > File Sharing and select the folder(s) you wish to share

There will likely be a re-start or two depending on the settings you change on your PC, but then you -should- be able to see the representative shared folders... On your Mac, open up a Finder window, look on the left side and look under Shared. On your PC, you'll have to open up Network Neighborhood(?) or My Computer and click a few things on the left side folder trees to find your Mac shared folders.

In any case, that's a general overview of what you'll have to do.
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macrumors 68040
Oct 15, 2008
Basically what stonyc said. Only that, of course, you do NOT need to restart your PC just because you enabled File Sharing on it.

The important thing is that both the Mac and the PC have to be on the same network and subnet, otherwise they won't be able to see each other.

With operating systems since Windows 2000 and Mac OS X Leopard, this should actually be very easy and straightforward.