Chapter 4: What Can I Do on a Local Network?
If you connect your MacBook Pro to the Internet with an AirPort Extreme Base Station or Time Capsule, as described in Chapter 3, you create a local network at the same time. Any devices connected to your local network, whether through a wired Ethernet connection or a wireless one, can communicate with the other devices on your network. This is a good thing because Mac OS X includes a lot of network features that you’ll find to be very useful. Perhaps the most useful of these features is the ability to share files, but there are plenty of other powerful network features to explore and use.
Sharing an Internet Connection
If you have more than one computer on your local network, the ability to share files among those computers is really useful because you can easily move files between them. You can also store files on one computer and work on them while using any other computer on the network. The four general sharing skills you learn in this section are
• Sharing files with AirDrop
• Configuring your MacBook Pro to share files with other computers
• Accessing files that are being shared with you
• Sharing files with Windows computers
Sharing files with AirDrop
AirDrop is the Mac OS X file sharing feature that enables you to easily share files with other people by simply ...