Using a Macbook to Share USB Modem Internet to Network Port?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Slidemonster, May 16, 2008.

  1. Slidemonster macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2008

    I have a macbook and a verizon USB Cellular Modem that accesses the internet (and works very well). I want to share this internet connection for a hardware demonstration for a trade show.

    I have a device that only has a network cord (and isn't wireless) that I want to plug into the Network port of my macbook and essentially bridge or share the current Verizon internet connection.

    Would anybody have any insight on how to share an USB Modem internet connection to a NON-wireless network port on the macbook?

    Thanks in advance for your reply.

  2. GfulDedFan macrumors 65816


    Oct 17, 2007
    This is what I use: Cradlepoint PHS300 and it works fantastic.

    Then all you need is a wireless usb adapter for the non-wireless device to connect to the portable hotspot along with your MacBook. You can even let some of the attendees join in as well. -GDF
  3. Slidemonster thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2008
    Thanks for the reply....

    Thats a really neat device, will have to keep this in mind if I want to serve a wifi- hotspot. Great idea for tradeshows. Couldn't I just use my airport card to broadcast a wi-fi signal as well? I know this is a setup option underneath preferences/sharing.

    Nevertheless, there must be way (without the purchase of additional hardware for my wired device) to do share a USB modem connection to the default network port on the macbook? I really, really, really don't want to install winblows on my machine and use their bridge feature (as for I know this works :eek: ).

    Any other thoughts/ideas?


  4. Slidemonster thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2008

    Found it.

    Underneath Sharing, share internet... my macbook only showed the airport device option, but I wanted to use on the built-in network port.

    What I had to do was add another generic network device, then revisit this sharing option - and it displayed this new network port option along with the airport option. Tested it - works great.

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