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Hi guys,

I am pulling my hair out over this problem; I have set up Internet sharing on my Macbook. Both my iPhone and iPad can see the network, and I can select it. Only problem is that it won't connect to it!

Please help!!
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by:Aaron Tomosky
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I've found that only wep works most of the time, not wpa or wpa2. For the rest I've followed this guide successfully
http://osxdaily.com/2012/01/05/enable-internet-sharing-mac-os-x/
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by:SmallBuisNisse
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Thank you Aaron. What I failed to mention was that my Macbook run Mac OS 10.5.8, so the article didn't apply to my situation.

Much of the content suited even my environment as 10.5.8 does indeed offer provisions for Internet sharing. It just doesn't work!! If anyone can help with this, I would be over the moon!
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Did you set it up as wep security?
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It really doesn't discuss that kind of security. Just offers "Dynamic global host name" and lets me set hostname, user and password.

Also, it talks about a "Bonjour" feature that is explained to give Bonjour-compliant devices connectivity.
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Ahh yes, I remember now that apple had a different version of ICS back then where you had very little access to configuration settings.

From what I can find (sorry I don't have any 10.5.x installs to try with) it has wep encryption only.
https://discussions.apple.com/message/9261819#9261819

If so, the key probably has to be exactly 10 digits and can only use hex characters (0-9, a-f). for example 0123456789, 11111aaaaa, asdf123456, etc...

Try setting your passphrase this way and see what happens.

BTW wep is easily broken in seconds by anyone that knows what they are doing. This is not a good long term solution. If you are sharing a wired connection, go buy a wifi router. Something decent can easily be found for less than $50.
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by:SmallBuisNisse
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I read the discussion under your link; interresting, but I would comment that access to a shared internet would not grant any(!) rights on a wireless network. Only the access to internet. I can only assume that is the reason Apple initially didn't offer the option of higher levels of security.

To my question; I didnt' bother mentioning that I was trying to share my mobile broadband internet, because I assumed connection type was irrelevant. Now it seems it is not;

- Sharing the mobile broadband offers a network under WiFi (on the iPad I test with), but I get a message saying Could not connect to --- network.
- Sharing a regular wireless internet connection demands Bluetooth, and the network is found as a Bluetooth device, and CAN BE connected. Hooray!
- The regular wireless connection does not appear as a WiFi network.
- The mobile broadband does not appear as a Bluetooth option.

Additionally, although specified user and password upon setting up the internet sharing, I am never asked for this information, not even when it indeed connects.

I am confused, and my main reason for wanting to share internet from my Macbook is when I use my mobile broadband when in our mountain chalet, to connect my wife's iPad.

Got any more that can help us?

Kind regards,
Bard
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Aaron Tomosky earned 500 total points
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I'm out of ideas. I do exactly the same thing with cellular USB modems and laptops except I use windows 7, windows 8, and osx 10.9. I've used them with osx as old as 10.6 but 10.5 might just be too much of a stretch.
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Thank you for your insight, anyway!! I'll accept as solution so you get a few points...

Cheers,
Bard
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by:SmallBuisNisse
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Thank you for your insight anyway!!
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Glad to help. Maybe an osx upgrade is in your future, it's free after all.
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Problem is my Macbook has reached its ceiling with regards to OS upgrades... so next is a new Macbook and I'm afraid that is not free...
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