Usually, one would only use a direct connection when a network is not available or if you need to achieve the highest possible file transfer speeds.
This guide explains various methods to connect a Mac directly to another Mac. If you are trying to synchronize or backup between two Macs, you only need to install ChronoSync on one of them. The other Mac can be accessed using a variety of techniques, as discussed below. Aside from ChronoSync, no additional software will be required to follow these steps. If you want to realize the maximum potential of your connection, however, consider installing ChronoAgent on the other Mac.
ChronoAgent synchronizes files faster , encrypts file transfers, and gives full administrative access to the Mac it is installed on.
The first step is to establish the direct connection between the Macs. There are several options to choose from. The choice you make is often dictated by what ports you have available on your Macs and also what cabling is available to you.
This option will provide the slowest data transfer of all the options but it may be the most convenient. This is because all late model Macs include wireless hardware as do most older models.
There's no need to worry about what ports you have or what cables you can find. The way this works is you create an ad-hoc Wi-Fi network on one Mac and then join that network on the other Mac. This does not require a Wi-Fi router or any cabling whatsoever. Click on the "Network" panel and select "Wi-Fi" in the network connection services list. Now it's time to switch over to your ChronoSync Mac and make sure "Wi-Fi" is enabled by following the above steps. Do not create a network, however.
Instead, you should see the name of the network you just created, above, and you'll want to select it. You have just created an ad-hoc network over the Wi-Fi connection between the two Macs. Here we present the most common wired connection options. A wired connection between two Macs will provide much faster data transfers than a wireless connection. The problem is that your Macs might not have all — or any — wired interface ports available to it.
Even if your Macs do have the required ports, you will need the proper cable to connect them. In a pinch, you may not have the required cables laying around and running to the store to buy them may not be an option. That is why a wired connection is typically not as convenient as wireless. Wired Ethernet on modern Macs will provide very fast file transfers — faster than FireWire but slower than Thunderbolt see below. On older Macs, Ethernet may not be faster than the FireWire option.
To establish a connection, simply plug a standard Ethernet cable between the two Macs. Click on the "Network" panel and select "Ethernet" in the network connection services list. The screen should look something like the above. Note the self-assigned "IP Address. That's it! You're done! You have now created an ad-hoc network over the Ethernet cable between the two Macs. With the release of macOS "Mavericks" The Thunderbolt port looks like this:.
A Thunderbolt connection will provide the fastest data transfer speeds you can achieve on your Macs — often much faster than your hard drives can keep up with. Older Macs do not have Thunderbolt ports. Similar to the Ethernet instructions above, just connect a ThunderBolt cable to the ThunderBolt ports on the computers you want to connect. Click on the "Network" panel and select "Thunderbolt Bridge" in the network connection services list.
You have now created an ad-hoc network over the ThunderBolt cable between the two Macs. Although file sharing has come a long way, there is still no single way or service which can fulfill all requirements off each and every user. Cloud storage services is a viable option for file sharing, if you have a high speed internet connection.
These services or websites allow you to host your pictures, videos and all types of files on their servers and all your files can be accessed from anywhere in the world with a computer connected to the internet. Cloud storage are extensively used as backup solutions by many people and they can even be used to share files with other people just by sending them a link to the hosted file.
All of them offer GB free storage once you sign up. However, if the file to be sent is very small in size less than 30 MB , you can also consider sending easily via emailing services like Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook, etc.
Allows sharing between two or more devices anywhere in the world Files can be accessed as many times as wanted Compatible with also Windows, iOS, Android or almost anything that has a browser, including Apple TV. Although all the cloud services offer plans, most offer a free limit different for each which should be enough to share files. Cloud offers you the ability to share files with devices or people with whom it is not physically possible to be with.
Physical storage devices such as pen drives, external hard disks HDDs , Solid State Drives SSDs have risen in popularity over the last few years owing to the ease of file sharing they offer. Pen Drives are good for a quick transfer of small files, HDDs are great for sharing very large files upto 4TB and also backing up your computer.
And if you want something more compact and much faster, SSDs will do the job pretty well but they do come at a price compared to hard disks. Another great thing about them is that, you can also use these devices to not only share files between two Macs but even Windows and Android device using an OTG cable or adapter. They cost more than the physical Hard Drive and offers less storage, but comes with the convenience to access those files over the network.
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Very easy and minimal of number of steps required to use Choose accordingly over a wide variety of sizes all the way from 4GB to 4TB Conveniently portable to take everywhere. Physical storage devices are better than cloud services for storing or transferring huge amounts of files as they offer a better bang for the buck and they even work without an internet connection while being portable to take with you. Of course most of you knew about the previous two ways, but very few know of the File Sharing System built right into Mac OS.
File Sharing, which uses SMB, is one of the most efficient and fastest ways in which you can transfer files between two Macs on the same network. But first you need to activate File Sharing on the Mac from which you want to access data. Turn on File Sharing by clicking on the radio button next to it.
And type in the smb address. Next there should be a pop-up asking you for which folder you want to open. Select the required folder and input the username and password of the user of the hosting computer and you are good to go. If you want the fastest transfer speeds, we recommend connecting both the devices to the network via wires.
Also, if you want to share with Windows computers, go to Options and turn on afp along with smb. Very fast transfer speeds Rights to each user can be controlled.
On the other computer, there are two connection methods that may be employed. You have just created an ad-hoc network over the Wi-Fi connection between the two Macs. This was a helpful reply but could I ask a few specifics? In OSX You should also note and possibly write down the computer address beginning with "afp" that appears at the bottom of the window on the target machine. With the release of macOS "Mavericks" The 10GB file write was about 6 percent slower on the external drive share, while reads were about 12 percent slower.