One of the new features of OS X 10.7, aka Lion, is a little gem called AirDrop. It’s a very fast, handy way to share files between Macs on the same network. It was one of the things that I looked forward to using. Only one thing was wrong — my MacBook is too old, by Apple standards. Boo, hiss.
Last week I read an article on the tuaw.com site showing how easy it is to enable AirDrop on older Macs running Lion. Open the Terminal and enter:
defaults write com.apple.NetworkBrowser BrowseAllInterfaces 1
After that, you’ll either need to restart your computer or just restart the Finder by typing:
That’s it. Open AirDrop on both computers and drop away. I know I could use my DropBox or SugarSync accounts to accomplish the same thing, but this is a direct copy, and doesn’t have to go through a third-party server. It’s fast, easy and doesn’t cost a thing.