Is it possible to use my macbook to connect a dell laptop via wireless?

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  1. spankyd4 macrumors newbie

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    Ok so here is the deal I just moved into a new place and my next door neighbor has told us that we can use his wireless connection. I have no problem connecting via my macbook but my fiance has an older Dell laptop that will not connect for some reason. It is recognizing the network but it will not connect. My question is, is there a way for me to connect her computer to the internet through my macbook wirelessly or does if have to be connected through an ethernet or usb cable? Her wireless card does work because before we moved it worked fine throught the router that we had in our house but now.....nothing! any answers?
     
  2. brad.c macrumors 68020

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    You can only share one network service over another (share your wifi signal through Ethernet).

    IOW, you connect to your neighbour via Airport card, and she connects to you via Ethernet cable.

    EDIT: If she is running XP on her Dell, and the host wifi router is using WPA encryption, you might want to check that she has updated her drivers to include WPA functionality.
     
  3. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

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    Check that she has the latest drivers for her network card. Depending on how old the computer is, the card may or may not have drivers installed that support WPA or WPA2 encryption, or if it's really old, there may not even be a driver available that does. Check for an updated driver before resorting to using internet connection sharing.
     
  4. brad.c macrumors 68020

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    Is plagiarism endemic to the name? ;) :D


    BTW: Honestly, I'm kidding. I thought it was funny, though.
     
  5. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

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    Well it never hurts to reinforce another user's post, thus reducing doubt. ;)


    I actually had an experience where an old laptop of mine would not work with WPA encryption, and ended up having to replace the mini-pci card inside since there was no WPA driver for the original card.
     
  6. brad.c macrumors 68020

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    Understood, agreed and appreciated. :) Really, using an ethernet patch should be avoided at all costs.
    To the OP: ^^ this is a good idea, or at least an option. I set up a cable router for a friends network. Three Macs and a Dell running Vista were able to connect via WPA encryption, but an older company-supplied Lenovo running XP could not. The owner didn't have rights to upgrade, and her IT department told her to disable encryption at home. Nice. :( :mad:
     

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