How To Network Between iMac And Macbook

Discussion in 'macOS' started by JPM42, Aug 19, 2008.

  1. JPM42 macrumors 6502

    Oct 21, 2007
    I am currently going to be moving to college beginning tomorrow, and I would love to be able to transfer certain files from my iMac to my Macbook. How could this be done? Your help is greatly appreciated! Thanks!
  2. JPM42 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 21, 2007
    Indeed, I did, although I guess my search options weren't as specific. Anyways, after looking through there, I now have a question...

    I decided to try to transfer my files through sharing. In other words, I enabled both File Sharing on each computer, then clicked on "Connect To Server..." through the Go menu. After that came up, I hit browse, and then double clicked on my Macbook which appeared. But after doing that, it tried to connect for a long while, only for the connection to fail. Anyone know what the problem could be? Help is greatly appreciated! Thanks!
  3. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    Check your network settings. Are both machines in the same IP address range?

    Here's an example: iMac has IP address of MacBook has IP address of Subnet mask for both is Both Macs are in the same range.

    Here's another one: iMac has IP MacBook has Subnet mask for both, like the previous example, is These two are NOT in the same range - the only part of the IP that should be different is the part that is 0 in the subnet mask.

    Also, how are the Macs connected? If they are connected directly with an Ethernet cable, or both connected to a common hub or switch, you are fine. If they are both connected to a common router, however, you may experience problems getting File Sharing to work. This is because most routers don't permit File Sharing traffic to pass through.

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