View Full Version : Network Just From 2 Airport Cards

28th June 2005, 04:07 PM
got an Imac and downloaded lots of freeware stuff , cool apps and also ripped all my cds on there,then my ibook came a couple of weeks later, they are both on tiger with airport cards.. id like to put all this content from the imac to the ibook, is there a simple way to share the imac harddrive over airport with the ibook ?

28th June 2005, 04:17 PM
yup. Firstly you need to setup an adhoc (peer to peer) network between the two. I outlined how to do this on a post here (http://forums.appletalk.com.au/index.php?showtopic=7807&view=findpost&p=65005).

Briefly, on either computer...

Click the airport icon in the menu bar and click create new connection.
http://members.westnet.com.au/jalmond/airport1thumb.jpg (http://members.westnet.com.au/jalmond/airport1.jpg)
Create the new connection.
http://members.westnet.com.au/jalmond/airport2thumb.jpg (http://members.westnet.com.au/jalmond/airport2.jpg)
The little icon circled indicates your running in adhoc (peer to peer) mode.
http://members.westnet.com.au/jalmond/airport3thumb.jpg (http://members.westnet.com.au/jalmond/airport3.jpg)

then on the other computer, click the airport icon and hopefully you should see the connection.

Secondly you need to share the drive. To do this, open sharing in system preferences.

28th June 2005, 04:19 PM
It would take ages to copy that data via airport. I'd suggest you use ethernet or firewire.

Either way, here's how:

First, you'll need to create an airport network if you haven't already. I'm guessing that if both the machines are already on the internet, this has been done.

In System Preferences on the iMac. Click the 'sharing' pane. Tick "personal file sharing", it should be at the top of the list.
Go to your ibook, and open a finder window. Click on Network, and wait a bit, and you should see your iMac. Browse into it, and it will ask you to authenticate. Type your username/pass (or leave blank if you have no pass) and hit enter. Select your hard drive if you'd like that shared. *boom* Networked.

edit: damnit! Jobe beat me - with pics!

28th June 2005, 04:20 PM
thats brilliant and that was a quick reply.. in sharing how do i set it so all files from the imac , not just "public" files are shared (im still getting used to mac!)

28th June 2005, 04:23 PM
haha. oh yeah, like disko said, if you have a router and both are already on the internet (and so are already networked) then all you need to do is setup sharing.

28th June 2005, 04:29 PM
Originally posted by ETHERSPIN@Jun 28 2005, 04:20 PM
in sharing how do i set it so all files from the imac
not entirly sure sorry. But you can just copy them to the user>shared directory or the public directory in your home folder and that will share them as it is a public folder. I think, don't use mac to mac sharing much.

28th June 2005, 04:37 PM
wouldn't this just be easier via firewire? When I got my new iMac G5, wanting to transfer iPhoto and iTunes libraries over from my iMac G3, it was suggested to me to startup my iMac G3 in target mode (holding down 't' while booting), connect both iMacs via firewire and 'hey-presto' G3 harddisk icon on my G5. Move files about you please!

Certainly worked for me. And very easy for a technological nincompoop like me :rolleyes:

28th June 2005, 07:00 PM
yeah illl investigate firewire for future transfers.. its just i dont have a cable and am going on a flight interstate in 12 hours and taking the ibook so needed a quick fix, thanks everyone.. it worked damn well !