Sharing an Internet Connection..??

Discussion in 'Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) Discussion' started by whyrichard, May 2, 2004.

  1. whyrichard macrumors 68000

    Aug 15, 2002
    in panther, as i understand it, i can "share" an internet connection from the system preferences/sharing/internet/....

    i choose to share my connection from airport to computers using ethernet.

    but i haven't had it work quite yet... the wild card, i'm trying to share this connection with a windows machine running 2000.

    i have almost no experience with setting up connections on a windows machine.

    quick advice???


  2. ingenious macrumors 68000


    Jan 13, 2004
    Washington, D.C.
    DHCP (Dynamic)

    I believe that for this to work, the computers on the LAN have to be using DHCP (Dynamic IPs). The mac sharing the internet has the static IP and acts as a DHCP server. I dont believe that the computers have to be in the same subnet, tho, for when my PB shares with a friends XP laptop, his ip is like 192.168.2.x and mine is 192.168.0.x. hope this helps.

    (edit: i dont believe i explained where to change this to DHCP, so I will do that now. Unfortunately, I do not have 2000, but XP Pro, so it will be a little different.)

    go to start>network connections (start, control panel, network) then right click the LAN connection and go to properties(not exactly sure where this is in 2000, but go to the connections properties). then click on TCP/IP protocol on the list and then click the properties button beneath it. then click the obtain IP address immediately dot.
  3. jeremy.king macrumors 603


    Jul 23, 2002
    Fuquay Varina, NC
    Careful, hes sharing his internet connection not his files.

    You don't have to use DHCP. You can used a fixed IP on your PC that is valid on your local network (i.e. same subnet). Then set the "default gateway" to the IP of your Mac that is sharing the connection. I don't think you need to fill in the DNS server information, but should you have to, just record these from the Mac and enter those in your PC.

    With all that said, just spend the $60 bucks for a router that makes this much less difficult.
  4. Veldek macrumors 68000


    Mar 29, 2003
    I have the same problem and did everything you said, but my PC still can't connect to the Internet. Any ideas?

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