Sharing Internet Connection with Macmini & PC

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by gilescarey, Nov 25, 2006.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Nov 25, 2006
    Dear All,

    I have just purchased a 1st generation mac mini off ebay and am very pleased with it. Am keen to get internet on it now

    Am running it in same room as my Win XP machine. This has a wireless connection to my BT Home Hub which sits downstairs. I was wondering whether it was possible to share this connection with the MacMini simply with an ethernet cable? I really havent got the money now to go wireless with the MacMini, but would like some internet connectivity.

    Any suggestions appreciated.

  2. macrumors 68000


    Feb 8, 2006
    looking for trash files
    yes, simple 'crossover' cable will do the trick. note, NOT a 'patch' cable.

    before you plug in the mini, open network in xp control panel, click on network connections. there should be at least the two, wireless and ethernet (local area connection), if there are more don't worry about them.

    your internet is the wireless, so we want to share the ethernet (local area connection). right click on the ethernet connection, and click on properties. click on the advanced tab, and put a check mark in the 'allow other users to connect..' box in the middle. click on ok and wait.

    this setup will not make any change to your wireless, but will set your ethernet adapter to a static ip (, and turn on DHCP. your xp ethernet adapter will function like the router for your mini, so the mini will have the xp ethernet address ( in the 'router' box if everything works right.

    plug in the mini, make sure it is set for DHCP, enjoy!
  3. SMM
    macrumors 65816


    Sep 22, 2006
    Tiger Mountain - WA State
    Are you sure you do not have Airport already built in? All mine do.
  4. Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia

    Are you sure? I would've thought any ethernet cable will be fine because the Macs have dynamic ports and can account for the direction. I could be wrong though, plus it's a moot point anyway. :eek:
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 25, 2006
    thanks for replies.

    am having trouble with my normal patch cable. will have to get a crossover i think.

    the xp machine says lan now connected, but the mac doesn't 'see' the win machine at all.

  6. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 25, 2006
    now xp can see the mac and transfer files to it. however, the mac cannot see the pc and there seems to be no way of sharing internet connection. anyone got any ideas?
  7. macrumors 65832


    Jan 13, 2004
    Virginia, United States (Kansan in exile)

    gilescarey, have you set anything up to be shared from the PC (like a drive or folders)? Otherwise, I don't think you'd see it on the Mac. The Mac has to have Windows Sharing (in System Preferences) turned on for you to see it on the PC.
  8. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 25, 2006
    already done. but no luck. and im only trying to share internet connection anyway...

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