8 Replies Latest reply: Sep 21, 2012 7:54 AM by keith181
Bereniece Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I have an iPad, and connect to the internet through my verizon router. I would like to connect through my iMac's WiFi. I'm not sure how to set this up. Can anyone help me? I'm not a computer pro by any stretch of the imagination, so if you could keep it really simple, I would be a happy camper. Thanks in advance.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • lllaass Level 10 Level 10 (164,615 points)
    To use your iMac as an wifi hot spot you have to:
    1. Connect the iMac to the internet via an ethernet cable.
    2. Setup internet sharing on your imac. You do this by going to Internet Sharing under the Sharing item in System Preferences, You setup you iMac like setup a wireless router
  • OrangeMarlin Level 5 Level 5 (5,140 points)
    lllaass wrote:
    To use your iMac as an wifi hot spot you have to:
    1. Connect the iMac to the internet via an ethernet cable.
    2. Setup internet sharing on your imac. You do this by going to Internet Sharing under the Sharing item in System Preferences, You setup you iMac like setup a wireless router


    Seriously? I can use a Mac as a wireless router? I never knew this.

    Does this work on a MacBook Pro? Could I go into a hotel, connect my MacBook, create a hotspot, and then use my iPad while lying on the bed? Wow.
  • OrangeMarlin Level 5 Level 5 (5,140 points)
    lakeshore wrote:
    http://www.macyourself.com/2009/02/23/turn-your-mac-into-a-wifi-hotspot-using-os -xs-internet-sharing/


    I just did it. Amazing. And my iPad and iPhone worked perfectly.

    If I'm in a hotel, I will always have my MBP, because I need to do real work on Excel and PowerPoint. I've been using the iPad with 3G, unless the hotel has a WiFi connection. I must have missed the capability along the line. There's a guy who posts on these boards whose only answer to questions is to link to the user manual. Apparently, I need to start reading user manuals.
  • lakeshore Level 2 Level 2 (295 points)
    I used that method for a few weeks when I first got my iPad. I got a really strong signal too. I could walk 150 ft away in the yard, and I was still connected. But it got to be a pain because every time I went to use my iPad, I had to wake my iMac from sleep. Then I found out that Comcast gives away free wifi routers to its cable/internet customers, and that's turned out to be much more convenient, though the iMac's wifi signal definitely goes further than the Netgear's. I have a lot of security on my Netgear, so if I have visitors who want wifi, instead of going through the trouble of getting their device hooked up to my Netgear wifi, I just turn on the iMac's wifi and they're good to go instantly. It's great as a temporary backup.
  • BobTheFisherman Level 6 Level 6 (11,295 points)
    lakeshore wrote:
    I used that method for a few weeks when I first got my iPad. I got a really strong signal too. I could walk 150 ft away in the yard, and I was still connected. But it got to be a pain because every time I went to use my iPad, I had to wake my iMac from sleep. Then I found out that Comcast gives away free wifi routers to its cable/internet customers, and that's turned out to be much more convenient, though the iMac's wifi signal definitely goes further than the Netgear's. *I have a lot of security on my Netgear, so if I have visitors who want wifi, instead of going through the trouble of getting their device hooked up to my Netgear wifi, I just turn on the iMac's wifi and they're good to go instantly.* It's great as a temporary backup.


    Am I understanding you correctly that you don't use your router's wifi connection because it is secure and you do let others use your Mac's wifi connection because it is insecure? I would want my Mac wifi secure so that others, including neighbours and those in proximity at hotels, airports, etc could not connect using my Mac.

    IMHO using the router's wifi is better than using the Mac's wifi for sharing the Internet. The router is specifically designed to do that while the Mac is designed to also include the sharing capability but sharing is not the Mac's main function. And, why use your Mac;s processing power, turn it on, manage it just to share a connection?

    You might want to set up a "guest" connection in your router if you want to allow insecure connections to the Internet rather than setting up an insecure connection through your Mac.
  • lakeshore Level 2 Level 2 (295 points)
    My wifi router is set up so that it is available only for those devices with MAC addresses that I've registered--my iPad and my bluray player. If I have someone over at the house and they want to check their email on their iPod Touch, for example, rather than go through the trouble of registering their Touch MAC address on my router, I just turn on my iMac wifi with one click so that they can use it. Then I turn it off. It's only temporary, just for the sake of convenience.
  • keith181 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    All this time I thought something was wrong with my computer, and all it was was "Internet Sharing".

     

    Thanks to Illass for the correct answer