Password protect shared wifi?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by nightfly13, Jan 15, 2011.

  1. nightfly13 macrumors 6502a

    nightfly13

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    Jul 17, 2008
    Location:
    Ranchi, India
    #1
    Right so I'm in a hotel, Macbook wired to the Internet via Ethernet.

    I created a new network, set up a password etc. and then when I told the Macbook (in the 'sharing' preference pane) to share, it seems to have overwritten my network settings with a very generic (computer name's Macbook) open wifi network. My iPhone and iPad are now connected, but the rest of the hotel could be, too.

    Any idea how to share wifi via a MacBook more securely?
     
  2. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

    angelwatt

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    Location:
    USA
    #2
    From the Sharing preference pane, you should see a Airport Options button on the bottom right. This will take you to the screen where you can setup a password. Unfortunately it only uses WEP for encryption, which isn't very difficult to hack, but does give you some protection against casual users joining the network.
     
  3. nightfly13 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    nightfly13

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    Location:
    Ranchi, India
    #3
    Fantastic!

    Thanks so much. No idea how I missed that. No more obsessive compulsive checking menu meters for unwanted data transfers :)
     

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