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Bluetooth internet sharing, is it possible?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by phonic pol, Jul 4, 2004.

  1. macrumors regular

    Hi all,

    I've just linked up my powerbook with my partner’s ibook via bluetooth and I'm surprised at the transfer speed. I transferred a 212kb file in about 1.5 seconds! It's got me thinking, is there a way to share an internet connection over bluetooth?

    We haven't yet installed airport because we're waiting for the new airport express to ship. Meanwhile bluetooth internet sharing might be a great work around.

    Any hints and tips will be much appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. macrumors 65816


    You can try

    Go to System Prefs, Sharing, then to the tab Internet

    Start Internet Sharing and tick the connection that you use with Bluetooth
  3. macrumors 65816

    itll be like usin a modem.
  4. macrumors regular

    Thanks, I tried the system preferences but it doesn't want to connect. Maybe there's a driver that's needed - any ideas?
  5. macrumors 65816


    I know that you are waiting for the Airport Express to ship but what is stopping you from buying the cards?

    Just interested
  6. macrumors regular

    I was under the impression a base station was needed for the airport system to work. If I can share an internet connection with just the airport cards that's great - I'll get one for the ibook as soon as.
  7. jsw
    Moderator emeritus


    All you need is the cards. The base station lets you go completely wireless with a broadband connection (or, I suppose, dial-up). But if you just want to share between systems, or if one is hardwired to the net, the cards are all you need!
  8. macrumors regular

    Fantastico, I'll order one tomorrow. Thanks for all your help!
  9. jsw
    Moderator emeritus


    Er, two cards, right?
  10. macrumors regular

    I have a new powerbook with airport already installed.
  11. macrumors 6502a


    Yup, very easy to do in fact.

    All you need is Bluetooth to internet v2.3
  12. jsw
    Moderator emeritus


    Excellent! I have no need to share a BT connection, but, damn it, now I'm going to have to just to try this sucker out. Quite the cool app!
  13. macrumors 6502a

    Note that Bluetooth tops out at 1mbps max. Thats a theoretical speed, with overhead and all that sort of stuff and you are going to be quite a bit below that. Bluetooth is not idea for internet sharing.
  14. macrumors 6502a


    True tends to top out at 700kbps, but when you're on dial up like me and want to share between an iMac and iBook in the next room it's the perfect solution.

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