Turn Your Mac Into a Wi-Fi Network

If your Mac has a wired connection to the Internet, and there is no Wi-Fi network available, you can use your Mac as a Wi-Fi network to connect other devices like iPhones, iPads, laptops and game devices. By using Internet Sharing in System Preferences, you can create a network and set a name and password to allow access. This comes in handy in situations where you need to connect Wi-Fi-only devices, but no Wi-Fi is available.

Comments: 3 Responses to “Turn Your Mac Into a Wi-Fi Network”

    7 years ago

    WiFi routers are cheap and easy to set up. Using your Mac as your router allows few options and configurations. There is no compelling reason to use a Mac as a WiFi router when the better solution is economical and easier.

    7 years ago

    Lawrence: Here are some examples. I once checked into a hotel that had ethernet to each room, but no Wi-Fi. Odd. I hooked my MacBook to the ethernet, set up a Wi-Fi network like this, and then my whole family could use their iPhones and iPads. I have a relative who has one Mac and DSL, and a wired connection, no Wi-Fi. He doesn't need it. But when I needed it once, I was able to use his Mac as a Wi-Fi router so I could connect too. Another: Wi-Fi router breaks, you could use this to provide temporary connections to devices until a replacement arrives.

    Emmanuel SCERRI
    7 years ago

    Thanks a million Gary. Very useful indeed. Here is why ... don't have a landline but a fast 4g all inclusive plan with unlimited data that I use everywhere I go, here in Switzerland. It comes out much cheaper. However, every once in a while I need to update or download a large app on my iPhone and it will not let me do it (very strange) unless I'm connected to a wifi network (which I didn't have until tonight). Backing up my iPhone was also impossible. THANKS!

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