Digital Sharing for Apple Users: A Take Control Crash Course
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Share Your Mac’s Internet Connection

If your Mac connects to the Internet via an Ethernet cable, it can create its own Wi-Fi hotspot to share that connection with another Mac, an iOS device, or any other device with Wi-Fi. In other words, it acts as a software base station.

However, note the following qualifications:

Enable Internet Sharing

  1. Go to System Preferences > Sharing.
  2. Select Internet Sharing in the list on the left . (You can’t select the checkbox itself until you’ve completed a few more steps.)
    **①** Select Internet Sharing to start—but you can’t check the box (yet).
    Select Internet Sharing to start—but you can’t check the box (yet).
  3. On the right, from the Share Your Connection From pop-up menu, choose Ethernet (or whichever other hard-wired connection your Mac uses for Internet access).
  4. In the To Computers Using box, select the Wi-Fi checkbox .
    **②** Share an Ethernet connection over Wi-Fi.
    Share an Ethernet connection over Wi-Fi.
  5. Click Wi-Fi Options, choose a network name and channel (or just keep the defaults), choose WPA2 Personal from the Security pop-up menu, and enter (and confirm) a password. Click OK.
  6. Select the checkbox next to Internet Sharing on the left.

Your Mac’s Internet connection is now shared via Wi-Fi.

Connect from Another Device

Once your Mac is sharing its Internet connection over Wi-Fi, the network name you chose in Step 5, previously, should appear in the Wi-Fi menus of all nearby devices.

On a Mac, choose the network name from the Wi-Fi menu to connect. Enter the password when prompted.

On an iOS device, tap Settings > Wi-Fi, tap the network name, and enter the password when prompted.

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