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Here's a great tip from Mac OSX Hints (Enable AirDrop on Macs without supported wireless hardware)

defaults write com.apple.NetworkBrowser BrowseAllInterfaces 1


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Here's a great tip from Mac OSX Hints (Enable AirDrop on Macs without supported wireless hardware)

defaults write com.apple.NetworkBrowser BrowseAllInterfaces 1

Great find! It actually works, I just have to have the AirDrop icon selected in the Finder sidebar for both computers for them to show up. Once I did that, they became visible and I could transfer files with no problems. It would be great if the nearby computers would be visible by default... :D

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Great find! It actually works, I just have to have the AirDrop icon selected in the Finder sidebar for both computers for them to show up. Once I did that, they became visible and I could transfer files with no problems. It would be great if the nearby computers would be visible by default... :D


Even on a real Mac, both systems have to have Finder open and AirDrop selected. That's just how AirDrop works.

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Even on a real Mac, both systems have to have Finder open and AirDrop selected. That's just how AirDrop works.

I didn't know that, thanks for the info. Well then, I guess this is as good as it gets.

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this is cool, finally the p2p copy airport wireless interface failed error message in the console is gone.

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Great find! Thanks for sharing :P
After this:
defaults write com.apple.NetworkBrowser BrowseAllInterfaces 1
Also write this:
killall Finder && open /System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app

And you're done, you can check your System Profiler>Network>Wi-Fi and see for yourself.
Thanks rcock and also thanks to http://hints.macworl...110913213649565 and this http://hints.macworl...040113194616545

Cheers!

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thanks man!!! it works with my BCM94321MC

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ralink 2870 ( sitecom wl-608 ) usb dongle .. thanks.. :hysterical:

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Thank you! This works on my no-name USB WiFi dongle with RTL8187 chipset.

Previously had the annoying "copyPrimaryAirPortInterface::ACInterfaceDeviceNameCopy returned NULL" errors in the console but this fixed it.

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Excellent find - Thanks.

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Ich habe mal Schnell ein ShowAirDrop.app geschrieben. :)

I've written a quick ShowAirDrop.app. :D


ShowAirDrop

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Great find!

-Stell

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Ich habe mal Schnell ein ShowAirDrop.app geschrieben. :thumbsup_anim:

I've written a quick ShowAirDrop.app. :D


That's cool.
However, checked your script and it does not include the Finder re-initialise command as recommended by Vagdesign (See Above).

It would be nice to have it as an option.

Cheers

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Der Finder wird neugestartet.

The Finder is restarted.


defaults write com.apple.NetworkBrowser BrowseAllInterfaces 0;killall Finder

defaults write com.apple.NetworkBrowser BrowseAllInterfaces 1;killall Finder



Ich habe mal ein Video gemacht. Es geht mit den ShowAirDrop sehr gut.

I once made ​​a video. It goes very well with the ShowAirDrop.



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Der Finder wird neugestartet.

The Finder is restarted.



Artsin,

Thanks !

Rgds

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Thanks Artsin ;)

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Used this to stop my console being spammed. Great! Slowing fixing all those Lion anoyances.

You can also enable this with OnyX (in the Parameters section).

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Is there any way to enable this system-wide? I've tried "defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.NetworkBrowser BrowseAllInterfaces 1" but while it writes the prefs file alright, the AirDrop icon doesn't appear. It only seems to work when enabled at the user level.





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