How to share internet between Mac and Windows?-(separated computers)

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Laisgb, Jun 7, 2008.

  1. Laisgb macrumors newbie

    Jan 19, 2007
    Hi all!:)
    I have ADSL - Ethernet connection in my PowerBook G4 (Leopard). I'd like to share the internet with my other computer, which is a Sony Vaio with Windows XP. My knowledge is very limited about internet issues. I tried every way I could, but everything I did was guessing, as I have no idea how to do it. I even captured some neighbours internet (with no signal), which I don't want. I was thinking about using bluetooth, as I already have cables everywhere.. Anyone can help me before I have my brain exploded, please? :rolleyes:
  2. tbohlsennswssrg macrumors regular


    Aug 31, 2007
    Roseville, Sydney, NSW, Australia
    IMHO I think you should get a switch OR hub OR router (ethernet) & just connect them using a straight through ethernet cable would be the best option
  3. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    If you want to avoid using cables, you have two options. If one computer is stationary, simply plug in the connection and share it from that computer (in OS X, that's done from System Preferences -> Sharing, not sure on Windows). If both are mobile, you'll need to get a wireless router. In essence, that's what you're doing in the first solution, but without a separate device.

  4. pjrobertson macrumors 6502a

    Nov 14, 2007
    If your PB is connected with ethernet, just go into System Preferences -> Sharing. Tick 'internet sharing' and select 'share your connection from: ethernet'
    To computers using: Airport

    Remember your mac will have to be on for this to work.
  5. misterredman macrumors 6502a


    Oct 3, 2007
    This is in my experience the easiest solution. Remember to set the encryption when using the wireless connection for sharing.
  6. Laisgb thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 19, 2007
    Thank you guys! After awhile.., I finally did it! I just had to create a network in Mac, enable "sharing" connection from Ethernet, and ticking Airport underneath, and turn on the Airport itself, of course. I was a bit confused regarding to Windows. I ended up ticking everything where it said to enable wireless. After windows recognizes my network, I just had to put the same password I created on Mac, and it worked!
    Thank you!;)
  7. Laisgb thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 19, 2007
    One more thing.. During the process, I put intentionally the wrong password, and I got connection, just couldn't use the internet. Is there any change someone outside gets into my computer doing the same thing?:confused:

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