Using two macs

Madasafish110

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Hi,
Silly question I guess. But want this setup perfect.

I have a mid 2014 desktop hi spec i7 mac 27". I tend not to go up stairs and use it that often.

At the weekend I purchased the new 15 i7 MBPro with touch bar. Mainly to use around the house in stead of sitting in a room upstairs with the desk top.

My question is, should i set the MBP up with my same password and same iCloud /Mac account. It would be easier as it would be the same then as my machine in the spare room.

I also have a QNAP 4 Bay NAS drive that i would like to be able to use from both machines and share documents etc. (God knows how i do that ) :)

I haven't been on the mac on ages, as just use my phone, but want to get back in to my hobby. I miss it.

Any help or guidance would be great. Thank you
 

flyinmac

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Using the same iCloud account and password will enable both Macs to synchronize any contact / address book, calendars, photos, password keychains, etc that you have set to backup / sync with iCloud.

If you use an iCloud storage space for files, then that will also be shared between both machines.

So, if it were me, that's how I'd do it. Then, no matter which computer you're sitting at, you should have the above information available and current.
 

Madasafish110

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Jan 9, 2007
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Using the same iCloud account and password will enable both Macs to synchronize any contact / address book, calendars, photos, password keychains, etc that you have set to backup / sync with iCloud.

If you use an iCloud storage space for files, then that will also be shared between both machines.

So, if it were me, that's how I'd do it. Then, no matter which computer you're sitting at, you should have the above information available and current.
Thank you.

Just need to know how to set up the nas drive so both machines can connect to it.
 
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flyinmac

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Thank you.

Just need to know how to set up the nas drive so both machines can connect to it.
If it's a NAS, then it should attach to your switch / router and have its own IP Address and / share name so that either machine can communicate with it over the network.

Likely that the NAS has its own settings built in. You just need to find out what the method is for configuring your particular NAS.
 

Madasafish110

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Jan 9, 2007
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If it's a NAS, then it should attach to your switch / router and have its own IP Address and / share name so that either machine can communicate with it over the network.

Likely that the NAS has its own settings built in. You just need to find out what the method is for configuring your particular NAS.
I know i have to sort the NAS. I just cant get my head round it. The way it works. But idealy i would like to access it from both machines. Thank you for your advice.....
 
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960design

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Hi,
Silly question I guess. But want this setup perfect.

I have a mid 2014 desktop hi spec i7 mac 27". I tend not to go up stairs and use it that often.

At the weekend I purchased the new 15 i7 MBPro with touch bar. Mainly to use around the house in stead of sitting in a room upstairs with the desk top.

My question is, should i set the MBP up with my same password and same iCloud /Mac account. It would be easier as it would be the same then as my machine in the spare room.

I also have a QNAP 4 Bay NAS drive that i would like to be able to use from both machines and share documents etc. (God knows how i do that ) :)

I haven't been on the mac on ages, as just use my phone, but want to get back in to my hobby. I miss it.

Any help or guidance would be great. Thank you
Yep, your thinking is the way I do it. I use four macs, a dell with ubuntu on it and a pretty fancy Asus Zenbook and use iCloud to sync documents between all of them. ( ubuntu, I log into the web based version of iCloud to get / push / collaborate docs, but almost the same ).
 

hallux

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I know i have to sort the NAS. I just cant get my head round it. The way it works. But idealy i would like to access it from both machines. Thank you for your advice.....
You're over-thinking the NAS portion of it. By nature, a NAS is centralized storage to be accessed from multiple clients. Just connect to it from the MBP in the same way you connect from the iMac.

I have a Mini and a MBP (and my place is only 1,000 sq. ft!) I use the same password and the same iTunes account on both computers. Makes connecting to the Mini easy and allows for sharing of purchased apps between the systems.
 
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