I have been experiencing some serious problems with respect to Mac sharing, for screen-sharing and file-sharing. Most frustrating is, this stuff used to work for me. I do not know what happened for this stuff to degrade to the degree it has.
I am asking for ideas/advice/suggestions/comments from others on this TidBits thread.
I will explain my general set up, and then will address these issues incrementally, and separately, in 3 parts:
MBP attempting to access Mac-Mini files (part 1) (see below for detail)
MBP attempting to access Mac-Mini screen (part 2)
Mac-Mini attempting to access MBP files (part 3)
Mac-Mini attempting to access MBP screen (part 4, however this part actually works at this time)
Basic set up:
MBP (2019), Intel chip(s), macOS 11.6 (Big Sur)
Mac-Mini (2020), Apple M1, macOS 11.6 (Big Sur)
System Preferences set identically for both Macs, with respect to file and screen sharing:
Screen Sharing ON,
Allow access for: Only these users: Administrators
Computer Settings: both options deselected
File Sharing ON,
Shared: (self) Public Folder
Users: Self (RW), Staff (RO), Everyone (RO)
Allow Incoming Connections (with Green “lights”), for both file sharing (SMB), and screen sharing. (Also, allowing Printer Sharing.)
Local Networking is via Airport-Extreme (2013), generally seems to be working.
Part 1: MBP attempting to access Mac-Mini files:
When I try to access the Mac-Mini files, things at first glance look ok. However, the Mac-Mini folders for “desktop”, “downloads”, and “documents” all register as empty, as if there were no files/data in them, however, this is (of course) not the case.
For some reason, what is being accessed (from the MBP) for these Mac-Mini folders (“desktop”, “downloads”, “documents”), do not reflect the corresponding folders I actually use on the Mac-Mini.
If I recall correctly, I believe I have encountered this problem in the past, when I had different HW and SW. I don’t remember at this time, how I corrected the problem in the past.
Stay tuned: Parts 2 and 3 to follow, after I tackle part 1 (I hope).