help me share PC's internet on my rMBP

jk73

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I'm staying at my sister's place for a few months. She has an HP Pavilion PC laptop and an ethernet/USB cable modem without Wi-Fi. As a lifelong Apple user, I know nothing about Windows or PCs.

What's the best way to share the internet from the PC *wirelessly* to my rMBP? I've tried setting up an ad hoc computer network and it works, but the connection seems to crap out within 5 minutes. I'm hoping for an always-on solution rather than constantly needing to disconnect and re-connect.

Thanks in advance for all help.
 

Mrbobb

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Wouldn't know why it would die every 5 mins. So exactly what u do to restore connection?
 

jk73

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Wouldn't know why it would die every 5 mins. So exactly what u do to restore connection?
I go to Wi-Fi in the menu bar and choose "Disconnect from ____." I wait about 10 seconds and then re-connect, and it works again.

I can't tell if it's an IP address problem, a problem with the PC dropping the internet connection, or an unstable internet connection. (I have the PC set to not go to sleep, so that shouldn't be the issue.)
 

jedolley

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If you are going to be staying there a couple months, why don't you just pick up a cheap wireless router? You could probably get one for $20-$30 easy.
 

jk73

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If you are going to be staying there a couple months, why don't you just pick up a cheap wireless router? You could probably get one for $20-$30 easy.
I might end up doing that, but I was hoping to just piggyback off the existing setup. I'm used to being able to share the internet off an MBP with a couple clicks and no hassles, so this PC experience has been frustrating.