turn macbook pro into wifi hotspot?

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  1. anonymous4a macrumors 6502

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    Hi, is it possible to use my macbook pro retina as a wifi hot spot ? Right now it's connected by ethernet and I"m in a hotel but would like to use internet on my phone .
     
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  3. blueroom macrumors 603

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    System Preferences / Sharing / Internet Sharing
     
  4. maz-o, Oct 14, 2013
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    I know this isn't the answer you're looking for, but if you travel a lot, I really recommend a LAN/WIFI adapter. Who wants to keep their laptop wired to an ethernet cable anyway. They're tiny and cheap, check ebay/amazon for example.
     
  5. sarakn macrumors 6502a

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    This is the reverse, but can you use your phone as the hotspot? If you're lucky. you'll have an unlimited wireless plan so there's no need for data limit concerns.

    I have an ipad but do not have a plan for it. Since I have unlimited data, I use foxfi to make my phone a hotspot and connect from it. I've never connected from my laptop, but it's available to connect from there.

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    Is this option dependent on the hotel's internet speed? Sadly, there are still many cheapskate hotels that only give free slow (hi-speed). As someone who travels weekly, the last thing I need is one more thing to carry around. But if it works, by all means.
     
  6. anonymous4a thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Is there a second step to this? I was able to connect my phone with the wifi connection from my macbook, but I can't connect to any websites, etc.
     
  7. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Some hotels make you pay for the internet, perhaps the one you're staying at is one of those.
     
  8. sarakn macrumors 6502a

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    Why connect your phone to macbook wifi - that's using your hotel's internet to access internet from your phone. You should already have a data plan with your cell company.

    I was thinking that you turn your phone into a wifi hotspot and use your cell data plan to access the internet from your laptop.

    Does that make sense?
     
  9. Stetrain macrumors 68040

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    Maybe he's in a place with a good wired (ethernet) connection and poor/no WiFi.
     
  10. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Well it's a bit late for that advice...
     

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