Share an internet connection between two Macs?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by blueshogun96, Jun 4, 2014.

  1. blueshogun96 macrumors regular

    blueshogun96

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    I have a Macbook Pro running OSX 10.7 right now, and it is connected via Wifi, and a Mac Pro 1,1 running OSX 10.9.2 which does not have a Wifi adapter installed on it. What I'd like to do is share the internet connection from my Macbook Pro with my Mac Pro via ethernet. They are both connected with a wired ethernet hub, along with my Xbox. I went to System Preferences -> Sharing and enabled internet sharing on both devices using the appropriate methods of connection. Nothing is working so far. I've searched google, but I only find articles about creating a wifi hotspot, which isn't what I need.

    Lastly, I'm using a neighbour's wifi signal, so I can't connect to the router directly, otherwise I wouldn't be posting this. Any ideas? Thanks.

    Shogun.
     
  2. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040

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    Sharing should be enabled only on the MacBook Pro, using the steps listed here:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/PH3853

    In this case you'd choose Airport (or Wifi) for the "Share your connection from", and select Ethernet for "To computers using"

    The Mac Pro should not have sharing enabled, it's simply a client on the network that the MacBook Pro is creating.
     
  3. blueshogun96 thread starter macrumors regular

    blueshogun96

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    Tried it, still not working.

    My Macbook says it's connected (Ethernet is currently active and has the IP address 169.254.71.202.), but the Mac Pro says Self-Assigned IP (Ethernet 1 has a self-assigned IP address and will not be able to connect to the internet) and the IP reads as 169.254.24.63.

    What does this mean? Sorry, I suck at this networking stuff.

    Shogun.
     
  4. satcomer macrumors 603

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    That is a self addressed IP so it couldn't pick up an IP.
     
  5. blueshogun96 thread starter macrumors regular

    blueshogun96

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    Any solution for this?
     
  6. glenthompson macrumors 68000

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    Turn off sharing on every device and reboot to make sure you start fresh. Check the WiFi connection on the MBP and make sure it's connected to the router and working. You should have an IP address on your neighbor's LAN. We assume you have permission to do this.

    Then go to System Preferences->Sharing and turn on Internet sharing. Select the WiFi connection as the share from and the Ethernet port as the share to. That should do it. I've only done it the other way where I had a ethernet port in a hotel and wanted to share the connection with an iDevice.
     

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