Using New Mini as Wireless Router?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by firecoral17, Dec 11, 2012.

  1. firecoral17 macrumors newbie

    Dec 11, 2012
    My old mini (from over 5 years ago) crashed this weekend. I got a brand new mini yesterday, but I think some of its old functions aren't available anymore.

    With my previous mini, I was abe to connect an Ethernet cable and create a "hot spot" of sorts through Internet Sharing in the preferences. I just had to select from ethernet to go to devices using wi-fi. I gave it a name and a WEP password and I was able to use wi-fi on my phone, Wii, printer, and my husband's laptop.

    I tried doing this on my new mini but it doesn't seem to be working, no matter what I try. So is this happening because I: A) forgot how to do it; B) the process has changed and I'm doing it wrong; C) it's incapable of acting as a hot spot now, or; D) some other reason?

    I've tried searching Google and this forum, but the closest info I can find is how to do it in reverse (i.e., Internet Sharing FROM wi-fi TO Ethernet). I need it to go the other way.

    The operating system I was using when I was able to make it work was Leopard. My new Mini is using Mountain Lion. If there's any info I'm not mentioning that would be helpful, let me know.

    Thanks in advance :)
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Given the price of routers, I'd say you're better off getting a dedicated device. The mini lacks (AFAIK) the software that most routers have, i.e., security, reporting, etc.
  3. martinm0 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 27, 2010
    I had tried to set mine up as an ethernet bridge to connect my receiver to the internet via cable, but it also never worked. At that time (a few years ago) I had found that Apple had broken this under Snow Leopard (or Lion, can't recall when this was).

    Not sure if it still is broken or not, but I ended up buying a cheap little $30 pocket router off Newegg and that has worked ever since.
  4. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010

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