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OS X Mountain Lion: Share your Mac with others on your network

Share your Mac with others on your network

You can set up your Mac to share files, folders, and other services with users on your network. You can also share your screen, or share a printer connected to your Mac.

Use the information on this page to help you choose which services to share, and whom to share with.

DVD or CD sharing

If you have installed the DVD or CD Sharing Setup software, you can allow users of other computers to access your DVD or CD drive. This can be helpful if the other computer doesn’t have an optical drive, or if you want to provide access to your optical drive to other computers on your Ethernet or wireless network.

Share your DVD or CD drive

Screen sharing

You can set up your computer so that others can share your screen. While your screen is shared, a user of another computer sees what’s on your screen and can open, move, and close files and windows, open applications, and even restart your computer.

Share your screen

File sharing

You can set up your computer to share your entire computer with everyone, or restrict the sharing service to allow specific users access to only certain folders. You can share files using Apple Filing Protocol (AFP), File Transfer Protocol (FTP), or Server Message Block (SMB) protocol.

Share your files

Printer or scanner sharing

If you have a printer or scanner connected to your computer, you can allow others on your network to use it.

Share your printer

Remote login

If you allow remote login, you can use Secure Shell (SSH) to log in to your computer from another location.

Allow a remote computer to access your Mac

Remote Apple events

You can set your computer to respond to events sent from other computers on a network.

Allow remote Apple events

Internet sharing

If your computer is connected to the Internet, you can share its connection with other computers on your local network.

Share your Internet connection

Bluetooth sharing

If your computer is Bluetooth enabled or you have a Bluetooth USB adapter connected to your computer, you can share files with other Bluetooth enabled computers and devices.

Share your files using Bluetooth

Last Modified: Aug 8, 2013
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