Sharing Internet connection on a mac
Mac OS X has a built-in Internet Sharing function that can be a real lifesaver while traveling. If you are in A HOTEL ROOM with one Ethernet jack. You can make wireless hotspot to share the connection with other computers . It’s possible to share that connection with a wired PC if you have only wireless access on the other hand. Read on to find out how.
This guide has two parts:
- Sharing Wireless connection over Ethernet
- Sharing Wired Ethernet connection wirelessly (making a hotspot)
Sharing Wireless connection over Ethernet
MacBook Pro is connected to the Internet over Wi-Fi and you need to get my Windows desktop PC online. This only contains wired Ethernet adapter. Then you should follow these steps.
- Plug in an Ethernet cable into the wi-fi connected mac and the other end into the PC. There is no use of crossover cable or other networking hardware.
- Open System Preferences. This is typically found on your dock, or else it’s in your Applications folder.
- Go into the Sharing menu which is under Internet & Wireless in System Preferences.
- Select Internet Sharing from the list on the left, in the Sharing menu. You will see Internet Sharing options.
- Select for sharing your connection from Wi-Fi to computers on Ethernet.
- Lastly, tap on the Internet Sharing checkbox to enable the service.
- You will have Internet access if your wired PC should now discover the Internet connection. If it doesn’t, try rebooting.
Sharing Wired Ethernet connection wirelessly (making a hotspot)
What can I do if I’m at a hotel that doesn’t have wi-fi, but there is an Ethernet jack in the wall? I have got multiple wireless devices such as iPad, iPhone, other computers, etc. that need net access.
Actually, you can get a hold of an ethernet cable. You can make your mac computer into a wireless hotspot. Unfortunately, you need Thunderbolt or a USB to Ethernet adapter if you have one of those fancy slim Retina MacBook Pros, MacBook Airs.
- Plug in the mac to the network with Ethernet. Confirm that you have a working Internet connection. Test it in your web browser.
- Look for Sharing menu which is under Internet & Wireless by going into the mac’s System Preferences.
- Tap on Internet Sharing from the list on the left, and you can find Internet Sharing options.
- From Ethernet to Wi-Fi, select to share your connection.
- Tap on Wi-Fi Options button for configuring the name and password of your wireless network. You can put the name as you wish. On concord, keep the channel as it is. Using a password for any wireless network you create is a good idea.
6. Lastly, don’t forget to check that Internet Sharing checkbox to enable sharing.
7. Then your mac acts such as a wireless router by providing wi-fi for all your gear.
8. Plug your wireless devices to your new hotspot. This guide was written on Mac OS X 10.8, Mountain Lion. On concord, will also work on earlier versions.
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