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Share wifi (not wired) using Macbook (connected to Wifi and want to share wifi)


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Hi,

I looked on the forum and couldnt see an answer to this yet.

Firstly I understand already that in the internet sharing I can share a ethernet internet connection.

BUT I have a wifi only connection in my apartment which allows just 1 user so can only connect 1 macbook/iphone/laptop at a time.

Sooo

I wanted to know how I could share my Wifi using my macbook, ie make my macbook a wifi hotspot -noting the it is recieving internet from wifi already.Windows 7 can do this using connectify, so I am sure us Macbook'ers should have a way.

any ideas or help will be great!

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No you can't. You can only either join a WiFi network or broadcast a WiFi network but you can't do both at the same time.

You can share the WiFi connection via a LAN cable with another machine.

Unless there's a 3rd-party hack out there, I'm not so sure you can do what you're looking to do.

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hi,

yes i want to connect with my mac to wifi

then share this wifi with another laptop or phone

i have heard if i can get another wireless usb wireless then i could have my inbuilt airport connected to the wifi

and the external usb can be the one that send the wifi as a hotspot

do u think that would work

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basically connetify on windows 7 can allow a laptop to connect to a wifi and send this wifi to other computers as a hotspot
thus 1 wifi login with a laptop connected- that same laptop sends the wifi out as a hotspot
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you can share wifi if you are receiving from ethernet or bluetooth DUN, but not wifi to wifi, as schweb says.

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Hi,

I am aware i can share a ethernet connection but i dont have an ethernet connection as described above

cool so i get you cannot share wifi while connected using wifi- ie using 1 adapter as you can do on windows 7 with connectify.

my following question is thus
so what if i got another wifi adapter- ie a usb external wifi adapter.

then
  • so my inbuilt wifi connects to the normal wifi
  • the external usb is used to share the connection
therefore 2 adapters
  • 1st connected to the wifi
  • 2nd acting as the hotspot sharing the connection


hence i am connected to wifi and also sharing it as a hotspot to the other devices that need it.

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Hi Krishan,

You cannot share WiFi over WiFi with one computer, but you can with two. All you have to do is connect one computer to your WiFi and share it over bluetooth. Then, connect the second computer to the first one with bluetooth, and use it to share Internet via WiFi from bluetooth. <b>Remember, this only works if you have two computers.</b>

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