“Intel is bringing peer-to-peer computer networking capabilities to Thunderbolt 2 with a feature that allows Macs — and soon, PCs — to connect directly for high-speed data transfers,” Agam Shah reports for IDG News Service.
“With the Thunderbolt Networking feature, users can connect two Macs for a peer-to-peer connection and then transfer files directly. That reduces the need to use an external hard drive, USB stick or a local network for file transfers between computers,” Shah reports. “For now, the feature is available for connections between Macs through the OS X Mavericks operating system, but users will soon be able to establish PC-to-PC or PC-to-Mac connections when a driver for Microsoft’s Windows OS is released.”
“The new feature is a key addition to Thunderbolt, which has struggled to find adoption due to the high prices of cables and accessories,” Shah reports. “ntel said Thunderbolt Networking emulates an Ethernet connection and provides throughput similar to 10 Gigabit Ethernet.”
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