Currently Being ModeratedFeb 25, 2012 10:12 AM (in response to tillers1)
Airdrop doesn't work with all Macs. Here's a list of those that should work:
Wifi needs to be enabled on all the Macs on the network.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 25, 2012 10:17 AM (in response to Paul_31)
The one it isn't working on is new and Wifi is on
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 25, 2012 10:42 AM (in response to tillers1)
Pardon me for jumping in while Paul is thinking . I called AppleCare for my Airdrop probs awhile back and found out that they need to be pretty close together, 15-25 feet, and walls and floors reduce the signal more.
They don't use the Internet at all but do use their wirelss cards in a "peer-to-peer" fashion. So to test your system you could have all 3 in the same room in line of sight, unplug your Ethernet from the iMac (takes the Intenet out of the equation and eliminates any problem that might come from the fact that you are using the iMac to serve the Internet signal to the laptops), turn on wi-fi on the iMac and see if it works.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 25, 2012 10:46 AM (in response to Dave B.)
Pardon me for jumping in while Paul is thinking .
I like it . Glad you jumped in - probably quicker than waiting for my thinking gland to kick in
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 25, 2012 10:51 AM (in response to Paul_31)
Thanks for the gracious reply! Frankly, I have always wondered what the protocol on that is in these forums. How long do you wait, what constitutes "answer jumping," how do you add info to someone's answer without being rude, and so on.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 26, 2012 4:03 AM (in response to Dave B.)
Thanks. With the ethrnet out it works, but as soon as I put the ethernet back in it disappeared. Wonder what's going on?
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 26, 2012 11:07 AM (in response to tillers1)
I think it's b/c you are using the iMac as an Internet feed for the other two. Your iMac wireless card is a sender, not a receiver. IOW, if you had a wireless router, the modem would feed that and it would be serving all your devices, the iMac with hard wired Ethernet, and the two laptops wirelessly.
I have AirDrop but don't use it b/c the range isn't very good. I use DropCopy, in the App Store.