AirDrop uses Bluetooth to create a peer-to-peer Wi-Fi network between the devices.
Each device creates a firewall around the connection and files are sent encrypted, which actually makes it safer than transferring via email. AirDrop will automatically detect nearby supported devices, and the devices only need to be close enough to establish a good Wi-Fi ...
Basically what AirDrop does is it turns your Mac into a WiFi access point in the 5 GHz band. That's why it's zero configuration, works whether or not the Macs are in the same wireless network, or in ANY wireless network.
However, to create this second network, the adapter needs to support multiple networks.
This also explains why it only works with WiFi ...
AirDrop works outside of whatever WiFi networks are around and doesn't need a base station. It is like a mesh network where all the devices just talk between each other. If nothing else is "sharing" the road - you get the full speed. The further away you are or the more interference, the slower it gets. AirDrop will work by passing the data from Mac to Mac ...
AirDrop creates a direct connection to another Mac through it's wireless card and therefor does not transfer across your LANs wired network or wireless network and most certainly does not effect your internet bandwidth.
Here are 4 possible reasons for the high bandwidth.
You are unaware of software on your Mac because someone else has installed it on your ...
No, I don't believe you can. Apple advertise AirDrop as: "AirDrop, a remarkably simple way to copy files wirelessly from one Mac to another with no setup;"
Key part of that sentence being "from one Mac to another" - Second bullet point: http://www.apple.com/uk/pr/library/2011/02/24Apple-Releases-Developer-Preview-of-Mac-OS-X-Lion.html. It's highly unlikely ...
Hackers have found that Airdrop can be enabled on any Mac running OS X Lion, and will work over ethernet as well. It can be enabled with a shell command.(source: osxdaily)
Copy and paste the command into the terminal of all macs that are supposed to communicate with other hacked macs.
This will enable AirDrop over both Wi-Fi and wired Ethernet connections:
Your MacBook Pro does not contain the necessary hardware to support AirDrop.
In OS X, the feature didn't use Bluetooth, instead using Bonjour and personal area networking over WiFi to discover and transfer files between Macs.
When iOS gained the feature in version 7, it was a completely different implementation, using Bluetooth LE and WiFi Direct. That's ...
Actually, there’s an AirDrop app you can add to the Dock.
Follow these steps:
Within Finder, press the shiftcommandG keys
A Go to Folder window appears
Now copy and paste the file path below into the field
Click on the Go button
Now you’ll see a list of apps, including AirDrop
Drag the AirDrop ...
You cannot use AirDrop with iOS devices. It is a feature that is exclusive to supported Macs (and unsupported Macs through a hack, as you've pointed out).
If you are interested in sharing files with your iOS devices, I recommend a solution such as SugarSync or DropBox, or a Wi-Fi tool such as Instashare.
Apple intends for you and developers to use iCloud ...
There are two versions of AirDrop. The Mac-to-Mac AirDrop that was introduced in Lion works with old Bluetooth modules. The Mac-to-iDevice AirDrop that was introduced in Yosemite only works with newer modules (2012 or later). If you really want to get Mac-to-iDevice AirDrop, you'll need to either upgrade your AirPort card or get a dongle. Continuity ...
There are a few restrictions with .files, mainly because they are usually files important to the system. For example, aside from being hidden by default you can't rename a normal file to ".file" (You will get a system alert, I'm pretty sure), nor you can rename a ".file" directly from any Finder window, like most other files: you need to "Get Info", and ...
Bluetooth LE is used for local discovery of other Airdroppers and WiFi direct is used for transmitting anything of meaningful size since it has a MUCH faster xfer rate.
And here's a longer version of that explanation.
AirDrop depends on specific wireless chipsets and antennas so that the airport card has spare processing capability to talk directly to other macs. AirDrop makes an ad-hoc secure mesh network and doesn't care whether you're joined to any WiFi network. Your existing network traffic is separated from the AirDrop traffic.
Older wireless hardware doesn't meet ...
You can make airdrop run partially if you run this terminal command.
defaults write com.apple.NetworkBrowser BrowseAllInterfaces 1
It will only let you airdrop with other Macs connected to your WIFI network (not other Macs in your vicinity on a different network) but its better than nothing.
Quote from Apple page http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5887?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US
You can't use AirDrop on iOS to share with OS X users, and OS X users can't use AirDrop to share with iOS devices.
Airdrop between iOS and OS X will be available from iOS8 and Yosemite.
The best tool for visualizing AirDrop networking and peer counts is Apple's Wireless Diagnostic on OS X. Open it and don't click the window that is presented. Instead, open the Monitor Window (Command+7) and look at the bottom where AWDL shows up:
The top half is the classic WiFi we all know where you join a base station for internet access. The bottom half ...
First of all, let us see what happens when you transfer MKV files to iPhone via AirDrop.
If you are successfully able to complete the file transfer of MKV file(s) from your Mac to iPhone, you will see an alert like one of these:
If you choose to save it to iCloud Drive, you will be able to see them after installing Files app for iOS by Apple.
Just tested the theory of faster AirDrop speeds between computers in different networks and it is true. The difference in speeds were from 1MB/s to approx. 5MB/s. So 500% increase. I saw a transfer of 8.58 GB go from an expected 2,5 hours to about 33 minutes.
When you transfer files be on different networks or on none at all.
It could be interfering with existing wifi network, you can use the Airport command line tool to disconnect from other networks:
Begin by linking it to a another location:
ln -s \
Then, disconnect from the current network:
sudo airport -...
AirDrop for iOS is similar to the OS X counterpart. It allows you to share files over WiFi1 to nearby devices, such as photos, contacts or Passbook passes/tickets.
The 'Contacts Only' setting requires that you be logged in to your iCloud account, and you must have the sending device's Apple ID in your contacts.
The receiving device must accept a ...
With iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 Yosemite, you can share files over AirDrop between Mac and iOS.
With Mavericks and earlier, and iOS 7, this is not possible. AirDrop on iOS only works with "other nearby iOS 7 devices", and AirDrop on OS X only works "between supported Wi-Fi-enabled Macs" and they must "click the AirDrop icon on their computers".
iOS: Using ...
I've noticed the same thing when I connect to a hotspot after upgrading to Yosemite, and to a lesser extent any wifi network. It seems to be an issue of new software issues and the wifi max speed.
Option-clicking on the wifi icon and selecting Disconnect from <Network name> will disconnect you from your current wifi network, which has ...
Your mac (and mine too) is not compatible with airdrop between mac and iOS
To see if your Mac works with AirDrop, make sure you’re in the Finder by clicking the desktop (the background area of your screen), or by clicking the Finder icon in the Dock. Then, check to see if AirDrop is listed as an option in the Go menu. If you don't see ...
With airdrop it is always a direct connection (usually wifi or a mix of wifi + bluetooth) between the 2 devices. No internet connection is required at all. So you can transfer as much as you like and it will all be local between the devices; "peer to peer" like you say. Your internet quota won't be used at all.
Steps 3 and 4 are the trick!
Can send file from MBP to iPad.
Can not see MBP on iPad* airdrop screen.
Fix that worked for me:
On iPad: turn on Wifi, Bluetooth and AirDrop (share with Everyone)
On Mac: turn on Wifi, Bluetooth and AirDrop (share with Everyone), then try to share the file(s) on AirDrop
On Mac: Bluetooth > Browse files on ...