getting internet access through imac bluetooth

laokai

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Just got an iMac in my office and am wondering if it's possible to use the internet connection on the iMac with my iPad. Can the iMac serve as an access point for the iPad through Bluetooth? I could also try using the Airport card on the iMac and setting it up as an access point, but I think that is against network rules here.

So, back to the original question---can I get internet via Bluetooth by connecting to the iMac?

Thanks,

Chris
 

skubish

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Mad City Court

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Madison
Just got an iMac in my office and am wondering if it's possible to use the internet connection on the iMac with my iPad. Can the iMac serve as an access point for the iPad through Bluetooth? I could also try using the Airport card on the iMac and setting it up as an access point, but I think that is against network rules here.

So, back to the original question---can I get internet via Bluetooth by connecting to the iMac?

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Try getting a USB wifi dongle for the desktop and then bridge the LAN to that. I don't believe you can connect the iPad via bluetooth, but I could be wrong. USB wifi dongles aren't that expensive. :)

Courtney
 

nixiemaiden

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Try getting a USB wifi dongle for the desktop and then bridge the LAN to that. I don't believe you can connect the iPad via bluetooth, but I could be wrong. USB wifi dongles aren't that expensive. :)

Courtney
Will it work with a wifi dongle? I was under the impression that those usb sticks were to get a wireless signal on a laptop...not to transmit a wireless signal to another device. If this is the case I might want one.
 

quattrocoupe

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Sep 17, 2009
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If your internet connection to your iMac is through ethernet, You could share your internet connection with the wireless. This basically creates a wireless hotspot so to speak.

In the settings area, click on sharing, then name hotspot and set the password.

Be sure to check with your IT department as they may frown upon creating something like this.

JB
 

IrishVixen

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I can't think of a reason I'd want to make this work in a work environment. Even assuming your IT department approves it, anything transmitted through that wireless stream will be the same as if you'd done it on the iMac directly. Forget privacy--if you're using corporate Internet (in the US at least), your employer has the right to look at what you're doing with it. Because of this, when i was working, personal stuff went through my iPhone and over 3G. I don't want that stuff anywhere near my work connectivity. I've worked in IT, I know what they monitor, and what they have a right to do with it. No thanks!

If I were to use the iPad for work, I'd want it hooked up to the companywide intranet through the main wireless network. Setting up the iMac as a wifi hotspot would only give me access in that one small spot--not very useful for a portable device. If your intention is to use it for work, as a laptop substitute perhaps, then talk to IT about what needs to be done to integrate it properly with the network.
 

Mad City Court

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Madison
Will it work with a wifi dongle? I was under the impression that those usb sticks were to get a wireless signal on a laptop...not to transmit a wireless signal to another device. If this is the case I might want one.
If I am not mistaken iMac comes with built in Wi-Fi. Configure the WiF to operate an Ad Hoc network or act as a base station, and enable Internet Connection Sharing to share the WiFi connections. This is also known as a computer to computer network.

This is a theoretical response and not something I have done, but I have a tendency to think out of the box. It can't hurt to try.
 
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