Can I share my Mini's ethernet connection?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by akm3, Sep 21, 2008.

  1. akm3 macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2007
    My Mac Mini receives it's internet over wireless. Is there a way I can plug the ethernet port of the Mini into the Ethernet port of an Xbox 360 to get the Xbox 360 on the internet over the Mini's wireless?

    I know it works the other way, but I don't know how or if it can work this way. Would I need a hub inbetween the two? Or a crossover RJ-45 cable?

    Anyone know?
  2. bsheridan macrumors 6502


    Jan 11, 2008
    See if this works:
    Go to System Preferences | Sharing then tick the internet sharing box and share over ethernet.
  3. 11800506 macrumors 65816


    Oct 31, 2007
    Washington D.C. Area
    Assuming the Xbox's ethernet port functions like any other it should be very easy. All you have to do is go to System Preferences > Sharing and find the Internet Sharing option. Then just configure it to share the connection from Airport to Ethernet, plug in the ethernet cord between the two and you should be good.
  4. akm3 thread starter macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2007
    Yea, I was hoping it would be that easy. The Xbox 360 is configured to use DHCP and have everything automatic. It is detecting that an ethernet cable is plugged in, and activity on the network (connected directly to the Mac Mini), but it is failing to get an IP address.
  5. akm3 thread starter macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2007
    I found this set of directions:

    But it still isn't working. All good up to the last few steps, but it says to set the PPPoE to off and the advanced settings to automatic, but those aren't available choices.

    So, I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong but it still fails to get an IP.

    I'll probably just cave and buy a wireless adapter. I think there is an issue connecting to Macs.
  6. trainguy77 macrumors 68040

    Nov 13, 2003
    Its all standardized.

    You may need to manually set up the IP addresses as there is not A DHCP server on that network.
  7. akm3 thread starter macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2007
    Should the DHCP be coming from the router providing the wireless (with the Mini as the gateway) or should the Mac Mini be providing it's own DHCP (functioning as a router?)
  8. trainguy77 macrumors 68040

    Nov 13, 2003
    I am pretty sure the mini should function as a router. Try this:

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