Proper setup of file sharing in Mojave

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  1. iBaba macrumors member

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    I've been trying to setup the wireless file sharing between an Imac that runs Mojave and a MBP that runs Siera. So far It's not working.

    It should just be one folder in the Imac that is at all times securely acessable through the same wifi network on the MBP.

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. Howard2k macrumors 68000

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    Maybe you can tell us exactly what steps you've taken so far, how the network is setup, and how the security is planned to work.

    You went to Sys Prefs, Sharing, File Sharing right?
     
  3. iBaba thread starter macrumors member

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    Sorry. You're right. Anyhow it finally worked by setting both machines to SMB.

    When I copy a file from the connected server of 1 GB it says it takes about 7 minutes. Sometimes it's faster than the time mentioned in the copy window but still, it's quite slow.

    Would there be a way to speed this up?
     
  4. Howard2k macrumors 68000

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    Certainly there would be. But without any details about your current setup, I can't give you any relevant feedback.
     
  5. iBaba thread starter macrumors member

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    Ok.

    SMB from iMac with Mojave to MBP with Sierra.

    Any more details needed?
     
  6. Howard2k macrumors 68000

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    There’s a network of some kind too right? :) wired? Wifi? Modems?

    Moving from SMB to APFS make a difference, but the network is likely to be the bottleneck.
     
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  8. Howard2k macrumors 68000

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    There's a myriad of ways to deploy wifi, and loads of different versions of the specifications kicking about.
    Probably the most important thing to understand is that in a wifi network only one person can talk at a time. So let's say you have just the two computers, and a router, that's three devices, all of which need to talk, and only one can talk at once. Your two computers don't talk to each other though, they talk through the router. So Sierra says to Bob (your router) "here's 1/100,000th of that file, pass it to Mojave". Bob then gives the file portion to Mojave. Mojave then tells Bob to tell Sierra than it's arrived. Bob tells Sierra. Sierra then tells Bob to send part 2/100,000 to Mojave. Bob tells Mojave it has a piece of file and sends it over. Mojave confirms it got it back to Bob. Bob tells Sierra.

    That's how it works ideally. It's cumbersome. In real life, it's worse, because at any time when Bob is giving the file to Mojave, then Sierra can say "Oh hey Bob, I've got another piece" and then Bob and Mojave have to stop, every has to shut up, then Bob tries to send the piece to Mojave again, and Sierra will again try to tell Bob that it has more file. And worse, let's say you have a phone with wifi. That's also trying to squeeze in it's downloads of CNN or whatever. And a wireless printer. And whatever else you have.

    So ideally you don't want to transfer files between wireless devices on the same network. I have two wireless networks. Three I suppose, including a virtual one. I also have a wired network in the back of my wifi router.

    So again, without knowing about about your network it's difficult to help, but hopefully the above makes at least a little sense. If both of your device are wifi, then put them on different wifi networks (one on 2.4GHz and one on 5GHz) or plug one of them into the router directly. Again, don't really know anything about your setup, but that will almost certainly help if you can do one of those two things. And AFP instead of SMB.
     
  9. iBaba thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks for your reply. will look into it deeper.
     
  10. iBaba thread starter macrumors member

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    Could I create an extra wireless network just for this purpose? And can that be done while both machines are also connected to the wifi at the same time?
     
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  12. Howard2k macrumors 68000

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    Probably. It depends which machines you have and what wireless equipment you’re using. Which specific Macs? WhIch specific wireless gear?
     

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