Submit Hint Search The Forums LinksStatsPollsHeadlinesRSS
14,000 hints and counting!

Use Bluetooth to share files with Macs and Win PCs Network
The Bluetooth File Exchange v1.1 that comes with OS X 10.2.4 allows ftp browsing of the Mac by another Mac or even by a Windows computer. First, in System Preferences->Sharing, click the box to turn on Personal File Sharing. Then pair the computers using the Bluetooth File Assistant.

On the Mac to use as the FTP "server," place files and folders (but not aliases) to be shared in the folder /Users/Shared. On the Mac to use as the FTP "client," open Bluetooth File Exchange. If it asks you to select a file to send, click "Cancel." On the File menu, choose "Browse Device" and select the "server" Mac. A directory window will open with buttons for "Get..." and "Put..." and you will be able to "download" and "upload" files.

I got the same setup working between my Mac running 10.2.4 and a Windows 98 computer. I used the software that came with the D-Link DT-120 bluetooth USB dongle for Windows/Mac. As with most Windows software, it's hard to describe how to install it, but I did manage to transfer files both ways. In fact, the /Users/Shared folder appears as a folder on the Windows desktop.

It's not quite Rendezvous and the range is limited to 10 meters, but the ability to wirelessly swap files among Macs and Windows PCs will be great to have.
    •    
  • Currently 1.00 / 5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  (1 vote cast)
 
[7,956 views]  

Use Bluetooth to share files with Macs and Win PCs | 2 comments | Create New Account
Click here to return to the 'Use Bluetooth to share files with Macs and Win PCs' hint
The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. This site is not responsible for what they say.
Use Bluetooth to share files with Macs and Win PCs
Authored by: avonterr on Apr 13, '03 08:44:07PM

This worked ok using Win 98 but there are problems getting Mac files to transfer properly to a Win 2000 Professional Dell.



[ Reply to This | # ]
Use Bluetooth to share files with Macs and Win PCs
Authored by: dferrero on Jul 09, '04 11:47:33AM

Holy Spokes! This is exactly what I've seen. Transfering files from my Mac (PB 1GHz 10.3.4) to a Win 2000 workstation on Dell P4. I am using IO Gear BlueTooth adapters. Within a few feet of each other. Transfers work sometimes and other times fail. Fail consistently doing uploads to win2k for big files. I've NOT been able to get over 8mb.



[ Reply to This | # ]