Using my Mac as wireless-to-ethernet pass-through?

ravenvii

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At my home I have a wireless network (AirPort router). Now, in my room, I have a Mac mini and a old PC. The Mac mini is connected to the net wirelessly, but my PC only has an ethernet port. I'm currently taking it online with an AirPort Express. Works fine, but I'm wondering if I can save space and a electric plug by making my Mac mini serve the same function. Can it be done? Can my Mac mini route traffic through the ethernet port? If it can, then how?

Thanks.
 

wwooden

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go to system prefs, select internet. You can now select to share your Airport connection over any port you check. Just check the ethernet port in your case, connect that to your PC and you should be good to go. I did this with my PowerBook and connected it to an old iMac G3 to get the software updates for it, worked perfect.
 

ravenvii

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Thanks, I found the answer... it's actually in the Sharing pref pane, in the internet pane within. Then just check what port you want to share over (ethernet, firewire and airport in my case, it cannot be shared over the modem port interestingly enough), then click the Start button. Simple enough.

Did I tell you how awesome Macs are?
 

mduser63

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I do the same thing with my PowerBook. I have an old PC in here that I rarely use, but when I need to use I just plug an Ethernet cable into my PB, and turn on sharing. It works really well. Just FYI, PCs can do the same thing, but I've had a harder time getting it to actually work (big surprise there!).
 
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