All recent Macs have AirPort cards, allowing you to connect to existing wireless networks. You can also use the AirPort card to create your own wireless network from an existing Ethernet connection. This is helpful when you need to connect wireless devices, like your iPad, to an Ethernet connection.
In this tutorial we will be showing you how to use your Mac as a wireless access point. This tutorial requires no additional software. Before we start, make sure your Mac is completely updated to the latest version of Mac OS X.
Setting Up Internet Sharing
To start, open “System Preferences” on your Mac. Once it has completely launched, look towards the center of the window under the “Internet & Wireless” heading. Click on the Sharing option.
Look towards the left-hand side of the System Preferences window. You will see an option labeled “Internet Sharing”. Click on this option. Now look towards the center of the Internet Sharing window. You will see an option labeled “Share your connection from:” Set this option to “Ethernet”. Look directly under this option, where you will see an option labeled “To computers using:”. Set this option to “Wi-Fi”. Lastly, click on the checkbox that is located to the left-hand side of the “Internet Sharing” option. This will enable Internet sharing.
If you would like to configure your access point, click on the “Wi-Fi Options…” button. When you do this, a popup window will appear. From this window, you can set the network name, WEP security code and the network channel.
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