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Cannot connect 2 MacMinis with Airport Extreme

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Cannot Connect two mac minis with Airport Extreme

Two Mac Minis [Baryon and TopQuark] are connected to the Internet with an Airport Extreme using 8-port switch.

For Each Mac [Baryon and TopQuark]: System Preferences...Sharing...File Sharing - all users Read & Write

For Example, Go Network...Baryon...double-click returns  'Connection Failed.

These Macs are both on a home office network and security/access in not an issue at all. I want both Mac Minis to have full, no login access to each other - not as Guest access.  

The urgent problem issue is that TopQuark cannot connect to Baryon. My notes below will illustrate the difficulties with getting this network to function as in ** below. As I have been laboring for some weeks to resolve this - I don’t know what to do next!

I have read:

Using  http://support.apple.com/kb/PH11197?viewlocale=en_US…
and
Using: http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/apple-in-the-enterprise/mac-sharing-part-1-how-to-get-connected/

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On The MacMini Baryon… [smb://10.0.1.43]

Selecting System Preferences…Sharing…Share your Connection from: Ethernet…To computers using: Ethernet returns the following:

“If you turn on this port, your Internet Service provider might terminate your service to prevent you from disrupting its network.

In some cases (if you use a cable modem for example [I DO!] you might unintentionally affect the network settings of your ISP sand violate the terms of your service agreement.”

Selecting Go Network…TopQuark returns ‘Connected as: Guest’, showing no files or folders.

Clicking ‘Connect as…” does nothing.

Clicking ’Share Screen…’ does display TopQuark screen and allows login with credentials.  

** How do I connect as ‘Registered User’ so that I have full access to all files/folders on TopQuark [and Baryon] from each other? And what is this business about agreement terms violation?

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On the MacMini TopQuark… [smb://10.0.1.35]

Selecting Go Network…Baryon… ‘Connect as” returns #1, below

1. ‘There was a problem connecting to the Server “Baryon”. The server may not exist or is not available at this time…’
[Baryon Macintosh HD is R/W everyone et al, same as TopQuark]

2. Clicking ’Share Screen…’ does display Baryon screen and allows login with credentials.

#2 seems inconsistent with #1 as I can work on the shared screen as if on Baryon.

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General:

Each MacMini is OSX 10.9.5 and has only a single Admin account with same credentials and a Guest account. Firewall is off on both MacMinis

CMD-K - Connecting to smb://10.0.1.43…', etc fails

Full Read/Write/Print access for all Administrative users.

TopQuark uses Parallels 10 / Windows 8.1, however Sharing is only done with Mac OSX.

Printing this Baryon TextEdit document from Baryon to HP LaserJet P2055…@TopQuark works!

As these MacMinis are less then 3 feet apart, seems they should get along better?
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Question by:MARSPATH
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Sounds like you have checked the wrong box in the Sharing prefs panel. Have you checked  "internet sharing" instead of "file sharing"?. Uncheck "internet sharing" and check "file sharing" instead. Internet sharing is to set up your computer as a router to share an internet connection. It is not for file sharing.

Then follow the instructions in the links above.
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by:MARSPATH
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I wish it were that simple - only selections are:

System Preferences...Sharing - Computer Name: TopQuark

Screen Sharing
File Sharing
Printer Sharing

Connecting... returns nothing (no response)

Connect as... returns  'There was a problem connection to the server Baryon...may not exist, etc.'

Share Screen... works OK

Same Share settings on Baryon

Not be sound boring, but I *can* logon to TopQuark from Baryon as Registered User or Guest and access files.  The issue remains, cannot logon to Baryon from TopQuark.
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by:MARSPATH
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System Preferences…Sharing…File Sharing…Options…Share files and folders using SMB was *not* checked!

All is well, thanks for your support which helped me from straying too far off the correct path. Also I have learned much about OSX sharing.
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by:MARSPATH
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System Preferences…Sharing…File Sharing…Options…Share files and folders using SMB was *not* checked!

All is well, thanks for your support which helped me from straying too far off the correct path. Also I have learned much about OSX sharing.
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