I just got myself a WiFi-only iPad, but I have no WiFi reception in my living room (that’s why my Mac in my living room is connected to my network through an Ethernet/UTP-cable). Is there an easy way to get internet connection on my iPad in my living room ?
Yes, there is.
Your Mac can share it’s internet connection from one of it’s internal network-connections to another. So from Ethernet to WiFi in your case.
To get it working is easy :
– turn on your Mac (if your Mac isn’t running, this won’t work)
– go to System Preferences (under the Apple-dropdown menu in the upper left corner of the desktop/Finder-menu)
– in the window that opens, click on “Sharing”
– in the screen that opens, click on “Internet Sharing” in the list on the left
– then, on the right, select your incoming network/internet connection at “Share your connection from:” (so, in this case select “Ethernet” there)
– and then select your outgoing internet connection at “To computers using:” (so, in this case put a check mark at “Wi-Fi”)
– if you want your shared internet to be password protected, click on the “Wi-Fi Options…”-button and choose your preferred network name, the preferred password protection protocol and your preferred password. If you don’t need protection, just leave everything as-is.
– then put a check-mark at “Internet Sharing” in the list on the left and quit System Preferences
– now you will see that your AirPort/WiFi-pie icon in the upper right of the desktop / finder-menu has turned into a new icon with an arrow pointing upward.
– then, on your iPad (or iPhone or any other WiF-connectable device) go to Settings, click on WiFi and select your new local WiFi-network
– done ! enjoy !
Note : you’ve just turned your Mac into a local WiFi-router (also), so remember that your Mac has to be switched on to sustain the WiFi-network connection