Most of the Mac users don’t know that they can use their Mac computer as wireless access point to share their Ethernet internet connection for other wireless devices like Mobile Phones and Laptop computers. Sharing internet connection on Mac is quite easy task just follow the step by step guide given below.
This guide is written using Mac OS X Snow Leopard and you can share internet with iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, xbox 360, PS3, PSP, PC, Windows, Mac, Mobile Phone and all other WiFi capable devices.
Click “Apple” icon and select “System Preferences”
Click on “Network” icon.
Check Ethernet is connected and internet is working on your Mac by opening any website in browser.
Now go back and click on “Sharing” icon in “System Preferences” to enable Internet Sharing on Mac.
Setup Internet Sharing on Mac :
Click on Internet Sharing option on the left side (don’t check the check box just click on text).
Select Ethernet from drop down menu and check the “AirPort” check box as show below.
Click on “AirPort Options…” to set a connection name and secure it with password if you want (Optional).
Now click on “Internet Sharing” check box to start sharing internet connection of Mac.
This may asks you to turn On AirPort, do it and next prompt for confirmation to start sharing internet, click “Start” button.
Now your Mac Ethernet connection is converted to a Wireless access point using Mac AirPort. Scan for the internet connection on your other laptop or mobile phones that have WiFi capabilities.
I have checked it on my Notebook and iPhone, see screen shots below.
Shared internet with iPhone:
Shared internet with PC (Windows 7):