In today’s modern world, it really seems like you need the internet to do just about everything productive. Whether it’s working online with your business team, checking email, or updating your website, everything is dependent on the internet.
However, it is not easy for everyone to gain access to wireless internet. Many desktops don’t have built-in Wi-Fi cards and you have to get external ones to get internet for your PC. Many people simply don’t have access to a Wi-Fi router that lets them get internet to their PC or laptop.
An Introduction to Web Sharing
Luckily, the second problem is fixable quite easily, by turning a secondary laptop into a Wi-Fi hotspot. This is done by connecting your transmitting laptop to the internet and then having your laptop’s wireless card transmit internal signals to nearby devices.
This process is known as web sharing or internet sharing, and this guide will help you turn your Mac OS device into a Wi-Fi access point for other devices.
Using your Mac as a Router
The first way to do this is to turn your Mac into a router. This process is a little tedious and causes significant drops in battery life.
- Launch System Preferences, and navigate your way into the Sharing tab. Here, select Internet Sharing from the left pane.
- Here you will see the words ‘Share your connection from’ beside a drop-down menu. Click the menu, and select Ethernet from the options.
- Check the box next to Wi-Fi, and then click on W-Fi Options to set up your wireless channel and password.
- After everything is set up, check the box titled Internet Sharing to start broadcasting the signal to nearby devices.
Sharing your Mac’s Internet to a Wired Device
This is a considerably easier way of sharing internet between two devices. This comes in handy when your PC doesn’t have a Wi-Fi card and you need to use internet through the Ethernet port. After you’ve connected your PC or laptop with the Mac, from where the internet will be shared, you simply need to follow these steps:
- Open System Preferences and navigate to the Sharing tab.
- From the left pane, click on Internet Sharing.
- You will the see the words ‘Share your internet connection from’ next to a drop-down menu. Click on this menu and select Wi-Fi.
- You will see a list with the words ‘To computers using’ next to it. Here, select Ethernet to choose the PC that you’ve connected via the Ethernet port to your Mac.
- Now simply check the Internet Sharing box to connect your computer to the internet.
So if you have an old computer rotting away in some closet and can’t use it because it doesn’t have a Wi-Fi card, or if your productivity is getting hindered due to the lack of a router, these are some considerably easy ways that can really help you out.