i have two questions. but will focus on one at a time. Why is is that, i can download a torrent lets say, from the internet at speeds anywhere from 300 kb/s to as high as 700 kb/s but when i transfer files between computers its never see more than 100 kb/s? it doesn't make sense to me. Over the internet i'm competing with public traffic for bandwidth. At home its just 3 macs and an iphone. Shouldn't a "closed" network be faster? I cant even watch a movie file on from someone elses computer without transferring ir manually setting up to stream first. That being said, i am suspicious it has something to do with AFP and SMB protocols, but i enabled FTP in the sharing pref and tried using transmit and was not able to achieve faster speeds. Why is this, and what can i do? PART 2 when adding a user account to a mac in the sharing prefs, for sharing only, is it supposed to grant FTP rights? Because unless remote logging in as the admin on that mac (none of the macs here have more than 1 user account on them) service is denied. We want to be able to make "drop boxes" or give brwosing access to each others media folders without giving out our user names and passwords.