Macbook Internet Sharing for Iphone: detectable?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by eagleice, Dec 15, 2009.

  1. eagleice macrumors newbie

    Sep 17, 2009

    it would be possible for me to share my Macbooks Ethernet Internet via Internet Sharing to my Iphone. However I want to do this at a university, where every device has to be registered via its MAC address in order to have Internet connection.

    I think that I can circumvent this with the Internet Sharing Option of my Macbook. However will the University see that I am using a not-registered device (here: iphone) for Internet surfing?
    Or will the University see just my Macbook surfing on the Internet, albeit I surf the Internet via my Iphone?
  2. eagleice thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 17, 2009
  3. lollicup macrumors regular

    Aug 20, 2009
    You are asking us about a closed, privately controlled internet system

    why would you possibly think we could answer how your school's internet is monitored :confused:

    How about asking the correct people ( like your school's IT department)
  4. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    No, this really is a Macinosh question.

    Unfortunately that means this isn't the best forum. You need to ask the OS X experts how the Macbook shares its network. The iPhone has nothing to do with the question so folks here won't know.
  5. lollicup macrumors regular

    Aug 20, 2009
    Well that too ( you are correct sir), I just don't think this was the right forum to ask this questionb, but

    I know the Iphone has its own Mac address, but i still think he needs to ask his schools IT department

    For example

    Our school also requires every device to be registered in order to work

    Initially every iPhone had to be registered (even for wireless use)
    Weeks later they lifted this ban

    I think his school might do the same (ie look the other way, since its a mobile device and not a full blown computer capable of infecting other computers )
  6. tritonj macrumors 6502a

    Jun 12, 2008
    assuming that your iPhone sees the connection being shared it will work and your school won't know it is your phone, all it sees is your macbook. and all it will see is traffic coming from the macbook. and unless they start sniffing every packet they can't tell it comes from a phone.
  7. alent1234 macrumors 603

    Jun 19, 2009
    depending on what kind of equipment your school has for it's IT department, they may be able to see it. it's not very hard to do since the MBP will act as a router and they will see packets with a smaller TTL hit their systems.

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