Airdrop Hack For Older Macs

 

This is the answer. The 'interoperable' version of AirDrop specifically uses WiFi Direct. It doesn't just use 'network'. You have to have WiFi turned on to use AirDrop. It's also one of the reasons only newer Macs support it - because the WiFi chipset in older Macs doesn't support WiFi Direct. The only way to transfer your photos, videos etc. Was to transfer to computer or email directly from iOS device. But iOS 7 brought a useful new feature called AirDrop. It even features ability to send or receive a handful of other types of files. AirDrop allows you to share photos, videos, websites, locations, notes, contacts and more.

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  • I am quite happy this “hack” still works under Mountain Lion 10.8.0 and 10.8.1, so if you have an older Mac computer that can still run Lion or Mountain Lion natively, no need to go jealous on the AirDrop functionality of newer computers! My thanks to OSXDaily.com for posting the original tip of the anonymous user over MacOSXHints.com.

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I accidentally stumbled upon this tip, the other day, while searching for something completely different. I upgraded to Mountain Lion directly from Snow Leopard, thus ignoring the AirDrop functionality introduced in Lion. However, I soon realized that on my old MacBook Pro 2007 model (MacBookPro3,1) this feature did not exist at all.

Apparently, for AirDrop to work natively (with Lion and Mountain Lion, only) Apple requires the existence of “hardware necessary to support a certain type of point-to-point Wi-Fi connection” that is probably not present on older models.

Thankfully, it appears that it is possible to allow “unsupported” Macs to enable this functionality, too, via a simple Terminal.app command, as with all good things on OS X:

defaults write com.apple.NetworkBrowser BrowseAllInterfaces 1

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Whether it works well or not, that is another story!

After successfully entering the command above, it is advised to either relaunch Finder or simply reboot the computer. This system setting appears to be permanent, after each reboot.

People reported that even for newer models, I need to activate this feature on every Mac in my local network in order to use it properly, including ethernet-only connected Macs.

To disable this feature, I only need to set the last digit back to zero, of course:

defaults write com.apple.NetworkBrowser BrowseAllInterfaces 0

I am quite happy this “hack” still works under Mountain Lion 10.8.0 and 10.8.1, so if you have an older Mac computer that can still run Lion or Mountain Lion natively, no need to go jealous on the AirDrop functionality of newer computers!

My thanks to OSXDaily.com for posting the original tip of the anonymous user over MacOSXHints.com.

Update: Looks like it works fine with my MacBook Pro (2007) via Wi-Fi and my Hackintosh via Ethernet! (both running Mountain Lion 10.8.2)

If you don't see nearby users in AirDrop

When you select AirDrop, OS X looks for other Macs that are close by and also using AirDrop. If you don't see someone in the AirDrop window:

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  • Make sure Wi-Fi is turned on at both computers. Although you don't have to connect to a specific network, Wi-Fi needs to be turned on to transmit and receive files wirelessly.
  • Make sure that the recipient has selected AirDrop in the Finder. If you don't see this option in the Finder, refer to the Additional Information section of this article to make sure the computer is compatible with AirDrop.
  • Try moving the computers closer to each other. AirDrop is designed to work within a range of approximately 30 feet (9 meters). If you need to send a file to someone further away, consider using File Sharing, iCloud or email instead.

Airdrop Hack For Older Macs 2019

Mar 3, 2014 6:03 AM