Share Internet connection over usb wifi?

Eric8199

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Hello. I have a first gene iMac g5 at work that does not have wifi. I found a USB wifi adapter on amazon for $15. If I use that, can i share my Internet connection over wifi just like i can with a built in airport card in my macbook pro?

I'd like to be able to use my iPad at work as it would cut down on the paper I use. But i can't get work to buy a wireless router, so my only way is to share my Internet connection. Will it work this way?

Thanks
 

upaymeifixit

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Feb 13, 2009
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That's so weird, I was just wondering this myself. From the research I've just done it probably won't work. Unless it has drivers for Mac.

If it does work though, I still don't know if it would be able to broadcast Wi-Fi or not. That would probably depend on the device and it's drivers. You might be able to do it with an AirPort Express.

What adapter is it?
 

alust2013

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That would definitely not be able to broadcast WiFi, and neither can the airport card in your MBP. They can only recieve WiFi, and require a wireless router to do so.
 

upaymeifixit

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That would definitely not be able to broadcast WiFi, and neither can the airport card in your MBP. They can only recieve WiFi, and require a wireless router to do so.
I don't think that's true. Unless you mean something more, in depth, than I think you are wrong. I can plug in ethernet into my MacBook and then broadcast the internet from that ethernet using my wireless card in my MacBook.

SharingPref.prefPane, look it up.
 

Eric8199

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I share my connection with my Macbook Pro all the time, so yes you can do it with the built in Airport card on a Mac. Love it when people on here feel they need to post when they don't know what they are talking about. Seems to be awfully common on here anymore, and its really ruining this site.

Anyway, not sure which card it was, I didn't bookmark it. I know I could do it with an Airport Express, but I'm not spending that kind of money to do it. Looking for a cheap solution, otherwise Ill just keep bringing my MacBook Pro to work.