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Take Control of Your Apple Wi-Fi Network by Glenn Fleishman

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Share Files with AirDrop

Have you ever wanted to swap a file between a couple of your own computers without setting up file sharing and mounting a volume? Or pass a file to a friend or colleague without joining a common Wi-Fi network, setting up ad-hoc networking, or emailing it?

AirDrop is a solution to that common problem. Added in 10.7 Lion, the feature lets you find and share files with other users near you. It has a pile of provisos that I discuss below, but it’s a remarkably nifty way—when the right hardware is available—to hand files back and forth.

Note: AirDrop for iOS works on the iPhone 5 and later, 4th-generation iPad, iPad Air, iPad mini, and 5th-generation iPod touch or later. (It also requires an iCloud account to access your ...

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