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What is the best way to connect two Mac Minis, one running Lion and the other one running Snow Leopard, to minimize latency for sharing screen?

Right now they are connected through a wireless network (using the same wireless network), and I am thinking of also connecting them both using Ethernet.

I guess I can connect both of them using Gigabit Ethernet to form another private network between the two. What other options do I have?

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What have you tried so far? What has and hasn't worked? This really shows no effort on your part –  Simon Sheehan Feb 29 '12 at 0:14
    
they are now connected through wireless network, and other than some latency it's ok. i haven't tried connecting them through ethernet yet. –  portoalet Feb 29 '12 at 0:32

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Besides gigabit Ethernet, you can also use FireWire, provided that neither computer has other FireWire devices connected. Connect the two hosts with a FireWire cable and both hosts will notice the link and choose link-local IP addresses in the 169.254/16 range. The remote host will show up under Network in Finder and you can access its screen as usual.

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thanks, i wonder which one is faster, gigabit ethernet or firewire..in theory, gigabit ethernet is faster.. –  portoalet Feb 29 '12 at 9:02
    
Unless you have optical cables, FireWire maximum length is less than 5m. This limits the need for screen sharing. –  mouviciel Feb 29 '12 at 10:23

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