Sharing WiFi to ethernet troubles

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by Valior, Dec 17, 2013.

  1. Valior, Dec 17, 2013
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2013

    Valior macrumors newbie

    Dec 9, 2009
    I built a new Windows 7 PC recently, built specifically for gaming, but I forgot to include a wireless card in it on a fluke. While I wait for the opportunity to get one, I'm trying to use my Mac to give it internet since my house doesn't have any ethernet ports.

    I thought I could use the Sharing ability under System Preferences to share the wifi connection on my Mac to my PC, via an ethernet cable. It was working at first; the PC was picking up the internet alright, even if it was a bit slow. But after a day or so, the connection stopped working altogether. The cable is plugged in properly, but the PC can't connect to the internet regardless. When I run the problem-solver on Windows, it tells me to unplug my router or simply that the connection is broken. Among other things, it's said that " "Local Area Connection" doesn't have a valid IP configuration " as well.

    Can anyone point me to the source of the problem? It likely isn't the PC. Am I doing something wrong on my mac? Could this possibly be an issue with my service provider? Thanks very much.
  2. satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
    For gaming I suggest get a router (connected to your ISP) and give the gaming machine direct access. It will connect so much faster this way.

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