10.7: Enable AirDrop on Macs without supported wireless hardware

Sep 16, '11 07:30:00AM

Contributed by: Anonymous

AirDrop is a handy way to share files between Macs. Unfortunately, it is only supported on newer models which have the hardware necessary to support a certain type of point-to-point WiFi connection. There is, however, a hidden setting to enable AirDrop on older Macs. Just type:

defaults write com.apple.NetworkBrowser BrowseAllInterfaces 1

into a Terminal window, hit enter, and relaunch the Finder.

Note that:

[crarko adds: So here I sit, with only one Lion machine, so I can't fully test this. However, when using the command, it did enable the AirDrop icon in the Finder's Sidebar and said it had become available, so it will likely work, given the caveats mentioned above. To reverse this, just change the 1 in the command to a 0. This will be a great boon to those of us with some older (but still Lion-capable) machines still around.]

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