Currently Being ModeratedDec 27, 2012 1:38 AM (in response to Jim King)
I'm curious to learn how you made a MacBook Air run almost $3000! Even a 2.0 i7, 8GB, 512GB 13" MBA is only $2199 USD. That's some serious "extra stuff" to run up that sort of bill. Though I'm more shocked that at almost $3000 a Thunderbolt-to-Ethernet adapter didn't end up in the basket. It's easily one of the first "must have" accessories/peripherals that I recommend for all of my users with MacBook Airs.
FWIW, it's impossible to fit an Ethernet port on the MacBook Air and maintain that profile. Not to feel too bad though, the $1700 13" rMBP and the $2200 15" rMBP don't have them either.
Outside of restarting the computer, the router and/or the source iMac until it decides to "just show up" there's really no way to expedite this process if WiFi is the only option. I remember the one time (I've only ever done it once) I tried a WiFi migration to a MacBook Air it took probably a dozen or so restarts to finally get them to negotiate to one another on my network. Heck in the time it took to get them to sync up, I probably could have done the transfer via Ethernet in the same amount of time.
If you've got a lot of data, I'd avoid the WiFi at all costs. Another scenario, per Apple's support documentation (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4889) would be to WiFi share from the iMac to the MacBook Air in the event a more traditional method of having both machines attached to the same AP doesn't work.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 27, 2012 3:12 AM (in response to Jim King)
Heh, well, the reason it got that high is I DO have all those cables...I just figured wi-fi would work as well....Anyway, can I connect the imac to the air Mac directly, ethernet-to thunderbolt? or would I need a "null" ethernet cable for that? The router is on another floor, so I couldnt have the computers together to watch if I had to plug the air into the router....And, do I have to enable shareing? or does migration assistant handle that?
Thanks for the info so far
Currently Being ModeratedDec 27, 2012 9:00 PM (in response to Jim King)
You can go direct from the iMac into the Thunderbolt adapter with a standard Cat 5 cable the Mac will auto-negotiate the connection. The Migration Assistant software on the source Mac (iMac) will guide you through the steps, everything is pretty much auto-pilot. There's no manually settings that you'll need to toggle on the iMac.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 27, 2012 9:12 PM (in response to Jim King)
Jim King wrote:
... Any ideas whe a 7.1 Imac wontconnect with a Modern 13
' Mac Air?
What version OS X is installed on the iMac?MacBooks iMacs iPads AirPorts, OS X Mountain Lion, 27 years Apple!
Currently Being ModeratedDec 28, 2012 1:40 AM (in response to JasonFear)
OK, The Ethernet/Thunderbolt connection works, now I have a different question on Migration Assistant: Computer Names. My wife's Imac identity is getting migrated to her new MacAir...Her imac's name is "Jim's Mac Pro" apparently because I migrated the stuff from my Macpro when I got her her Imac a couple years back. I dont want her MacAir to be named "Jim's Mac Pro". Can I change the imac's name before migration? or can I change the MacAir's name after migration?
Thanks again for any tips
Currently Being ModeratedDec 28, 2012 11:43 PM (in response to Jim King)
Are you referring to local network / Bonjour broadcast name that appears at the top of the Sharing preference pane? Yes, you can change that at any time.