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How do you tether an iPad 2 to a MacBook Pro?

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Ge0ph Level 2 Level 2 (385 points)
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Apr 5, 2011 9:54 AM
The MacBook Pro is connected to the network with a network cable and I would like to connect my iPad to it to use the internet. I've turned on the Airport on the MacBook and set it to create a network but past that I can't get it to work.
Mac Mini, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • PogoPossum Level 4 Level 4 (2,505 points)
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    Apr 5, 2011 10:08 AM (in response to Ge0ph)
    You can't tether the iPad to a network through or on your Macbook. It needs a wireless router.
    iOS 4, iPhone 3GS, 16 GB wifi iPad, Windows 7
  • Demo Level 9 Level 9 (73,730 points)
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    Apr 5, 2011 10:09 AM (in response to Ge0ph)
    Go to System Preferences...
    In system preferences turn on Internet sharing....
    Select .... Share Your connection from ... Built in Ethernet
    Select ....To Computers Using Airport
    You may have to check Internet sharing at this point - don't remember exact sequence.
    Turn off the firewall as well.

    Then turn on Airport from your Menu at the top of the screen, select create network - should default to your computers name - enter password - should be ready to go.
    MacBook Pro 13", Mac OS X (10.6.7), Intel iMac (Tiger 10.4.11) MacBook White 13" (10.5.8) iPad 32g (iOS 4.3.1)
  • Demo Level 9 Level 9 (73,730 points)
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    Apr 5, 2011 10:11 AM (in response to PogoPossum)
    PogoPossum wrote:
    You can't tether the iPad to a network through or on your Macbook. It needs a wireless router.

    I think the OP wants to use the Mac as the WiFi connection. I do it every day at work because I do not have wireless at my office.
    MacBook Pro 13", Mac OS X (10.6.7), Intel iMac (Tiger 10.4.11) MacBook White 13" (10.5.8) iPad 32g (iOS 4.3.1)
  • Demo Level 9 Level 9 (73,730 points)
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    Apr 5, 2011 10:50 AM (in response to Ge0ph)
    Glad it worked.
    MacBook Pro 13", Mac OS X (10.6.7), Intel iMac (Tiger 10.4.11) MacBook White 13" (10.5.8) iPad 32g (iOS 4.3.1)
  • PogoPossum Level 4 Level 4 (2,505 points)
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    Apr 5, 2011 12:31 PM (in response to Ge0ph)
    Sorry, misunderstood your question.
    iOS 4, iPhone 3GS, 16 GB wifi iPad, Windows 7
  • Haylestrom Calculating status...
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    Jul 16, 2011 5:59 AM (in response to Demo)

    I looked and looked to find the answer to this - yet it was so simple.

     

    Thanks very much for this.

     

    I am using a cellular data connection from a remote location to access the internet and I was hopeful that this would work to allow an iPad to also connect to the same data port through my MacBook and it did.

  • Demo Level 9 Level 9 (73,730 points)
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    Jul 16, 2011 6:17 AM (in response to Haylestrom)

    Great. It really works out for me very well. Like I said - I use my iPad this way every day in my office at work.

  • Confused but learning Calculating status...
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    Oct 29, 2012 5:53 AM (in response to Demo)

    I am in Bermuda set up with a wireless connection provided, for a small fee) by the resort.

    Tried to set up sharing internet through both WiFi and Bluetooth.  Although the ipad and MacBook Pro show as being "connected' through Blutooth I get nothing through the i-pad.  Can't seem to connect WiFi at all.  Any suggestions.  I followed your instructions to the letter.  (the only difference in wording.  My machine offers "Ethernet"   not "Built in ethernet") 

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