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Networking through Airport

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by wrenrj1, Jul 3, 2011.

  1. wrenrj1


    May 22, 2002
    Or can I? I want to share files with my wife through our Apple Airport wireless router. It would be between my IMac and her Mac Book Pro. My iMac is running OS X and I assume her MB Pro is as well.
  2. Pierre!

    Pierre! NRA Life Member

    Jun 20, 2003
    Lovin Sparks Nv!
    The best part about Apple products - Are the Tutorials!

    That's how I learned about my MacBook getting started. I highly recommend their support site!

    That should help you out quickly!

  3. K1tt3n5

    K1tt3n5 Hell hath glock

    Mar 17, 2010
    Houston, Tx
    I know with osx lion you can.
  4. What sorts of files & what sort of sharing?

    There's a big difference between wanting to share a couple photos & spreadsheets vs. videos...

    I would probably steer you towards a service like or a NAS - I like the ReadyNAS line from NetGear.

    A NAS is a box of hard drives that attaches to your network, so you can dump files there and share amongst your network. It also guards you against drive failure, since there should be at least 2 drives in the NAS that are mirrors of each other.

    For example, if you have a bunch of precious photos or home movies on your computer and you set it up so your wife can access them from her computer, you still only have one copy of the files. So when something happens to your computer, you're screwed.

    If the files reside on a NAS, you don't have that problem, and you can also attach a USB drive to the NAS to back it up.

    Again, depends what you're trying to do, but those are a couple options....
  5. wrenrj1


    May 22, 2002
    Checking the tutorials it appears that I can plug my external back-up hard drive into the Airport and that will work, however how will that impact Time Machine? Will my iMac find the drive and continue to back up to it via the router?

    We will basically be doing photo sharing.
    Last edited: Jul 5, 2011

  6. You'll probably have to re-set-up (is that a word? :supergrin: ) Time Machine, because since its location has changed, the computer will look for it in your USB port & give an error when it can't find the drive there.

    Just open Time Machine & hit "select disk" and it should see the external drive attached to your airport.

    Again, I caution you to be extra careful to keep backups, especially if they are photos you care about.
  7. wrenrj1


    May 22, 2002
    Thanks for the info. I do back up to an external drive and also subscribe to Carbonite for backing up to the "Cloud."

    Still looking for yet another portable HD that I don't have to reformat for Mac for the Safe Deposit Box as well.
  8. wrenrj1


    May 22, 2002
    Apparently, quoted from the Setting up and Adjusting Time Machine Instructions:
    o set up or adjust Time Machine:

    Choose Apple menu > System Preferences and click Time Machine.

    Open Time Machine preferences
    Slide the switch to On if Time Machine is off.

    Click Select Backup Disk (or click Change Disk if you’ve already set up Time Machine).

    Choose a disk where backups will be stored, and click “Use for Backup.”

    Every available disk that can be used to store backups is listed. If you’ve partitioned a disk, the partitions are listed. Time Machine can’t back up to an external disk connected to an AirPort Extreme, or to an iPod, iDisk, or disk formatted for Windows.

    Guess that option is out...
    Last edited: Jul 5, 2011
  9. GAFinch


    Feb 23, 2009
    On your computer:

    Apple Menu->System Preferences->Sharing

    -On the left side, check yes beside "File Sharing"
    -After you've selected that, it will show two little lists. In the middle one under "Shared Folders" click the "+" button and add which folder you want to share (your "Pictures" folder).
    -Under "Users" click the + button and add your wife, either through your address book or by giving her a user name and password.
    -Your computer will set it up, your shared folder will pop up on her computer on the side menu of a folder window, she will double click it and type in the password. Her computer will remember the password if you want it to.

    *This is for her to access pictures from your computer and add them to hers. If you want to get pictures from her computer, then do this procedure on her computer also.

    Tutorial with more options: