fixed : Nintendo Switch can’t see iPhone’s Personal Hotspot

Question :

I am on holiday and since there is no WiFi-internet here, I would like to connect my Nintendo Switch to my iPhone’s unlimited internet plan by connecting to it’s WiFi using the Personal Hotspot feature in iOS. But if I have Personal Hotspot turned on, my Switch can’t see it… even if I can connect to the Personal Hotspot from another iPhone.

What is wrong ?

Answer :

There’s an easy fix for this :

  • on you iPhone, goto the
  • in the Settings window that opens, click on “Personal Hotspot” (should be just below “Mobile Data” – if it is not, your mobile phone provider has blocked this and you have no way of wirelessly sharing your iPhone’s internet connection)
  • in the Personal Hotspot window that opens, set the “Allow Others to Join” slider to ON
  • you can just use automatically generated WiFi password for your Personal Hotspot, but if you want to set your own password, click on the triangular arrow right next to the password and a new page wil openen where you will be able to set the password of your liking
  • now, the one crucial step : set the “Maximise Compatibility” slider to ON
  • then exit the
  • goto your Nintendo Switch and now you will see your iPhone’s personal hotspot listed as an available network

That’s it !

enjoy 😉


fixed : AirPort Utility 6 lost the option to configure connected printers

Apple has updated the firmware for the TimeCapsule a few days ago, and updated the AirPort Utility software to version 6. Which might not be exactly what you were waiting for…

The user-interface of AirPort Utility 6 is completely new, it looks exactly like the iOS AirPort Utility interface now…

the good :

  • direct visual insight in how your local WiFi-network is set up (in a nice tree-branche structure)
  • by clicking on the hardware icons, you will see info like Network name, IP address, Serial no., Firmware version and… a list of all currently connected wireless clients
  • if your Firmware is out of date, you will see that instantly because of the little red circle with the white 1 in it next to the hardware icon
  • full iCloud support

the bad :

  • this is not an Administator interface, it’s nothing more than a nice looking info&update-utility, but as all options for managing your WiFi-network and your AirPort-hardware have vanished…
  • this app is MasOSX 10.7 “Lion” only…
  • from now on, it’s iCloud-only – no support for MobileMe any longer… (so no iDisk any longer…)
  • you can not manage AirPort-networked printers (like the USB-printer connected to your TimeCapsule) any longer
  • some client devices may not be able to find the updated AirPort Basestation / TimeCapsule (my iPhone 4 needed a reboot to become able to connect…)
  • …the printer-timeout-problem still exists, this update doesn’t resolve issues with the TimeCapule not being able to temporarily save big files that the connected USB-printer can not process quickly enough…

the ugly (the dirty way to get everything) :

…luckily, it is possible to re-install and use the previous version of AirPort Utility alongside of this one (eventhough the version 6 installer deletes the previous version) :

  • either place the previous version back into your “Utilities” folder (inside your “Applications” folder) from your TimeMachine-backup ; be sure to change the name of the old version to something like “AirPort Admin Utility” since it won’t be possible for both of them to use the “AirPort Utility” name…
  • or… download the installer of the 5.6 version from Apple :

Old School Mac [6] : using a GSM as a mobile internet modem for OSX


After an extremely long trail & error period, I’ve finally figured out how to use my T-mobile Motorola SLVR L7 as a mobile internet modem for my Mac :

Step 1 :

  • call the T-Mobile Helpdesk, and have them send you the message which auto-installs the T-Zones GPRS settings needed on your SLVR L7 (they will call it an SMS, but it will appear on your phone as a ‘Browser Msg’)

…make sure you have pen and paper ready to write down the PIN-code you will need to install the settings-message

Step 2 :

  • download (and install !!) the Motorola 3G and/or Motorola GPRS scripts you can find on Ross Barkman’s page :

…and buy Ross a virtual beer to thank him…

Step 3 :

  • connect your SLVR L7 to your Mac using a mini-USB-to-USB-cable

Step 4 :

  • in System Prefs / Network / Network Port Configs activate the new port “Motorola Phone (L7)”, and configure it :

Under the PPP-tab :

  • Service Provider : … [anything you like, e.g. “internet using GSM”]
  • Account Name : tmobile
  • Password : tmobile
  • Tel. Number : internet
  • Alt. Number : [none]
  • Save Password : On

Under the PPP / PPP Options-tab :

  • all Session Options : … [whatever you like]
  • all Advanced Options : Off [if you wish you can leave Verbose Logging on, but do turn off all other options]

Under the TCP/IP-tab :

  • Configure IPv4 : Using PPP
  • leave everything else blank

Under the Proxies-tab :

  • leave everything blank

Under the Modem-tab :

  • Modem : Motorola 3G CID1 (“Motorola 3G CID2”, “Motorola GPRS CID1 57k” and “Motorola GPRS CID1 57k +CGQREQ” will also work, and maybe some others too…)
  • Error Correction & Compression : Off
  • Wait For Dail Tone : Off
  • Dailing : Tone
  • Sound : Off
  • Modem Status in Menu Bar : On

…and don’t forget to click “Apply Now”

Step 4 :

  • click on the modem-icon in the menu-bar (the telephone-horn with the adshed line next to it)
  • first click “Show time connected” and “Show status while connecting” in the pull down menu
  • then click “Connect”, and your GPRS-connection is being established…

As a check you should see “GPRS Active” in your SLVR’s screen.

…and to disconnect go to the modem-icon in the menu-bar and select “Disconnect”

Note : the above solution should work for all new Motorola GSMs :

  • RAZR V3i
  • RAZR V3x
  • SLVR L2
  • SLVR L6
  • SLVR L7
  • PEBL U6

…and it will probably also work for the previous Motorola GSMs :

  • RAZR V3
  • ROKR E1

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Old School Mac [1] : share internet among OSX-Windows-OS9


I finally figured out how to share the cable internet connection from my OSX-G4 with my WinMe-PC and my old OS9-Mac !! (without a Router !! – just a Hub !!)

NOTE : I only tested this with WinMe, but it should work with any Win-version from Win95 onwards (because Win95/98/98SE/Me are all from the same OS-family and WinXP is also quite similar – even a little easier on networking)

Here’s how to do it :


  • connect the incoming UTP-cable to the Build-in Ethernet-card on the G4
  • connect the UTP-cable for local networking from the G4’s 2nd Ethernet-card to the Hub
  • connect another UTP-cable from the PC to the Hub
  • connect yet another UTP-cable from the OS9-Mac to the Hub
  • IMPORTANT : make sure that all UTP-cables are connected to ‘normal’ Hub-ports ; do not connect to the Uplink-port, because that will prevent from using the Network-printer


  • go to Apple Menu / System Preferences / Network / Built-in Ethernet
  • in TCP/IP : choose ‘Using DHCP’
  • in PPPoE : leave all alone
  • in AppleTalk : choose ‘Off’ [uncheck switch]
  • in Proxies : choose ‘Use Passive…’


  • go to Apple Menu / System Preferences / Network / … [name of 2nd Ethernet-card]
  • in TCP/IP : type IP Address = [or any alternative you choose]
  • in TCP/IP : type Subnet Mask =
  • in PPPoE : leave all alone
  • in AppleTalk : choose ‘On’ [check switch]
  • in Proxies : choose ‘Use Passive…’


  • go to Apple Menu / System Preferences / Sharing / Firewall
  • put Firewall ‘On’
  • add ‘New’ to open an extra connection port
  • click ‘Other’ and type the Port Number that is needed to connect to your Internet Service Provider (ISP)’s Proxy [e.g. 80] -> give this new port a Description [e.g. your ISP’s name]
  • go to Apple Menu / System Preferences / Sharing / Internet
  • put Internet Sharing ‘On’


  • go to Start / Preferences / Configuration Panes / Network / Configuration
  • select ‘TCP/IP -> …’ [for your Ethernet-card]
  • select ‘Configure’ : a window ?TCP/IP? opens
  • in IP-address : choose ‘manually configure IP-address’
  • type IP-address = [or any other IP-address you choose]
  • type Subnet Mask =
  • in WINS : leave all alone
  • in Gateway : add [the IP-address of the interent-connected OSX-Mac]
  • in DNS-configuration : choose ‘activate DNS’
  • type Host = … [network-name of the OSX-Mac]
  • type Domain = … [network-name ot the Workgroup both the OSX-Mac and PC are part of]
  • add all (normally 2) DNS-server IP-addresses your ISP has provided
  • in Bindings : check both ‘File- and Printer-sharing’ and ‘Client for Microsoft Networks’
  • in Advanced : leave all alone
  • in NetBIOS : leave all alone


  • go to Start / Applications / Internet Explorer / Extra / Internet Options
  • in Connections : choose ‘LAN-configuration’
  • in LAN-Configuration : uncheck ‘automatically detect…’
  • in LAN-Configuration : uncheck ‘use automatic configuration script’
  • in LAN-Configuration : check ‘use Proxy
  • type Address = … [the Proxy-IP-address your ISP has provided]
  • type Port = … [the Proxy Port-number your ISP has provided]
  • check ‘do not use Proxy for local …’


  • go to Apple Menu / Control Panels / TCP/IP
  • choose ‘Configure Manually’
  • type IP Address = [or any other IP-address you choose]
  • type Subnet Mask =
  • type Router = [the IP-address of the OSX-Mac]
  • type Nameserver Address = … [the DNS-server IP-addresses your ISP has provided]
  • choose ‘Options’
  • check Make Active ‘Always’
  • go back – choose ‘Info’
  • see if all settings are made correctly
  • go to Internet Explorer / Edit / Preferences / Proxies
  • check ?Web Proxy?
  • type Web Proxy = …. [the Proxy-IP-address your ISP has provided]
  • type Port = … [the Proxy Port-number your ISP has provided]
  • check ?Always Use Web Proxy?

…that’s it – it’s that simple (looking back solutions always seem obvious…)

…but there’s one little flaw : MacOSX 10.2 “Jaguar” automatically turns off Internet Sharing on restart… only upgrading to MacOSX 10.3 “Panther” will fix that…


in this setup, it’s also very easy to make your PC’s harddisk(s), CDromplayer(s) and floppydisk available for MacOSX :

  • on the Windows Desktop go to ‘My Computer’
  • right-click the icon of the disk or drive you would like to share
  • in the pull-down menu that appears, select ‘Share…’
  • under the Share-tab, select ‘Shared as’
  • type Sharename = … [anything you like]
  • select Access Type = Full
  • click ‘OK’

…now ‘a hand’ has appeared under the icon, meaning this is a ‘shared disk’

to connect from MacOSX :

  • go to Finder / Go / Connect to Server… [or type Apple-K while in the Finder]
  • type Address = smb:// [the PC’s IP-address]

…and you get a pop-up window asking you which PC-‘shared disk’ to mount

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