How to connect two macs using ethernet cable

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  1. sepandee macrumors regular

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    I have a crossover cable and I need to connect my imac to my macbook so I can download some of my files on my macbook to my new imac. I know I have to go to Preferences > Networks > and change the ethernet settings but I'm not sure what to do. Halp please:confused:?
     
  2. sepandee thread starter macrumors regular

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  3. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Forum rules: no bumping...

    Cross over cable are for really old computers. Modern computers don't need it.

    There is no network? On 1 of the computers go to Sys Pref / Sharing / internet

    Then connect the other computer as is.
     
  4. sepandee thread starter macrumors regular

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    Sorry for the bump. Only in the office for less than an hour and need to do this.
    There is a network, but for some reason the download speed through the network is incredibly slow.

    Thanks.
     
  5. jzuena macrumors 6502a

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    From System Preferences > Networks click on Ethernet on the left window and then change Configure to Manually. Give each machine similar addresses such as 192.168.1.2 and 192.168.1.3. Then go to System Preferences > Sharing on the receiving machine and check off File Sharing. You should have a shared folder of {your account}/Public. Make sure that Everyone has Read Only. From the other machine's Finder, select Go > Connect to Server :)apple:-K) and you should see the first computer. Connect to this computer as guest and drag files into the Drop Box.
     
  6. mooblie macrumors 6502

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    Don't both those Macs have Airport built-in anyway? - so you can perform the above File Sharing procedure, but with SystemPrefs>Networking>Airport?

    No cables needed, but slower file transfer.
     
  7. apfhex macrumors 68030

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    If all you want to do is transfer some files from one Mac to the other and don't need internet sharing, you shouldn't need to touch the Networking prefs at all. Just plug in the ethernet cable to both and enable file sharing on one, should show up in the Finder of the other Mac (possible you may need to restart once you've plugged in the cable if it doesn't show up).
     
  8. jzuena macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, we had just done this out in the lobby at work between a MBA and a MBP before this thread came up.
     
  9. polobreaka macrumors 6502a

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    if you simply just need files from another mac...why not just use a flashdrive/external harddrive?
     
  10. sepandee thread starter macrumors regular

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    This worked.

    Thanks everyone.
     
  11. danwild macrumors newbie

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    Thanks

    This worked for me also (after unnecessarily stuffing around trying to change tcp/ip settings for an hour...)
     

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