need to share internet connection between windows pc and mac

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by upsguy27, Oct 7, 2007.

  1. upsguy27 macrumors 65816


    Jun 25, 2007
    i have a windows laptop and a mac laptop. my router only was one ethernet out on it. can i share the internet via a modem cable if i have the ethernet cable plugged into the pc laptop and a modem cable going between the two? or is there another way to do this? how can i share the internet between two computers with only one ethernet cable?
  2. Bulldog VII macrumors 6502

    Bulldog VII

    Jul 10, 2007
    The bottom line with your question is I don't know, however if you live in the UK & get your internet from BT their wireless hub you can connect both via Ethernet.

    We have my Mac my old PC & my wifes lap top (wireless) connected to it & they all work fine.

    If your not in the UK I'm sure you can get the same??
  3. koswo macrumors member

    Oct 7, 2004
    buy a switch (or an access point if you want to go wirelessly)
  4. Sherman Homan macrumors 6502

    Oct 27, 2006
    Both XP and OS X allow you to share an internet connection. However, they tend to be fairly slow and unreliable, the XP setup is very unstable. You really need to buy a router, they are cheap and simple enough to configure. Technically, a switch won't do it unless your cable modem is capable of acting as a router.
  5. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    Do both have wireless you could run an ethernet cable to one and share the connection through your wireless card. Though this would be a bit of a pain to set up.

    If the laptops have wireless connection you can get a wireless router for fairly cheap. It also has wired ports on it.

    If they don't have wireless or you don't want to spend the money a switch is really cheap.
    Plus add a couple of ethernet cables

    You could save even more money on a wireless router by getting a refurbished one through pricegrabber or checking out ebay for a used one.

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