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I have two Macs connected to an Airport Extreme wireless network. I would like to transfer files over this network. Would appreciate step by step instructions.

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Open System Preferences » Sharing

Enable File Sharing and make sure in Options... that the topmost option (AFP) is checked.

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Now you can access that machine's files from the other one by clicking its icon in the Finder sidebar.

Transferring large files over wireless network takes ages. Have a look at this topic.

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