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Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Toby Goodbar, Oct 17, 2010.
how do you connect 2 macs via firewire WITHOUT target disk mode?
i repeat WITHOUT TARGET DISK MODE.
Yes, they'll be connected via a network and any shared files will appear on the other Mac.
Sys prefs -> network
it wasnt a "yes or no" question....
It could have been.
is it supposed to be automatic or does something need to be setup? because it doesn't work, it just stays yellow unless i put in manual ip addresses and then of course they still cant see each other
i could've been a millionaire, but since its not the reality, it helps no one.
through bonjour i would think. auto discovery.
connect together, finder->go->connect to server. use computers network name to connect.
nah, no dice on that suggestion. you'd think a firewire connection would be simpler than this.
not really. firewire isnt really made for IP communications
Firewire isn't a magic bullet for connecting computers unless you use target disk mode, which makes life easy because only one computer is doing the work--when you have two systems with simultaneous access to the same data, as in the sort of connection you're describing, it's FAR more complicated by necessity. Something has to manage who gets to modify what files.
Doing what you want is going to be exactly the same as connecting two computers via an ethernet connection, sans-router:
Hook one to the other. Open up the Network preference pane, select the Firewire interface, and select "Configure Manually" from the drop-down. Type in an appropriate IP address and subnet mask (easy one: 192.168.0.1, subnet 255.255.255.0). Click "Apply".
Now do exactly the same thing on the other computer, but give it the IP address 192.168.0.2. Make sure File Sharing is turned on on the computer you want to get the files off of.
From the other computer select the aforementioned Connect To Server, and type in the IP address of the other computer (so if you're on 192.168.0.2, type in 192.168.0.1). Hit return, and it should prompt for a password.
It's possible, depending on how your home network connection is configured, that you might need to disable the other network interfaces temporarily for this to work.
It's also worth noting that if both Macs have Gigabit ethernet built in, it'll actually be FASTER to connect them exactly as described above, but with a network cable instead of with Firewire--FW400 is less than half the speed of Gigabit, and even FW800 is slower, since you're having to deal with the network overhead in either case.
Of course, if you have a gigabit router and both computers are connected to it wired, it's going to be a heck of a lot easier--just look in the Finder sidebar for the other computers (they'll announce themselves via Bonjour), or figure out what IP address one is using and type that in manually on the other.