Share internet from Macbook to iPad via USB

Discussion in 'iPad Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by superamy, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. superamy macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2011
    Hi guys,

    I'm sorry if this is a duplicate thread -- I searched as best I could but just couldn't find my exact question. I am trying to connect my wifi iPad to my MacBook and share my MacBook's wifi internet with the iPad through USB (since obviously I can't share it through wifi). I'm wanting to do this in order to use my DisplayPad app -- I'm using a Starbucks wifi connection so, while both the macBook and the iPad can connect to the wireless, it doesn't see them as being on the same network (I guess Starbucks uses client isolation or similar). There are no ethernet connections here so my macbook can only connect through wifi, which leaves USB as the only way of connecting my ipad to my macbook. Is there any way to share the network to the iPad via USB?

    Thanks so much for your help!
  2. Papanate macrumors 6502


    Jul 21, 2011
    North Carolina
    Apple Docs has this helpful file for you:
    Sharing Your Internet Connection

    You are creating a peer to peer network with the iPad and the MBP.
    And then you tell the iPad to use the MBP's connection.

    Hope this helps.
  3. accessoriesguy macrumors 6502a

    Jul 8, 2011
    I have by, connecting my macbook to Ethernet, sent out wifi over to local devices, more specifically an ipod touch. I have also got local wifi from my house, and by Ethernet cable, sent the internet connection to a computer without wifi or access to a router.

    Both methods worked just fine. By USB however I have never done that. Both the macbook and iPad are capable of wifi, so you do not need one or the other to establish a wireless internet connection.

    Unless of course you are referring to share data wirelessly, in either case you can do what @Papanate suggested.

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