I am connected to internet via ethernet cable on my MBP laptop. I want to have access to internet wirelessly on my iPad as well. How can I config my MBP (OSX 10.6.8) to act as an "Access Point" ?

I already tried the internet sharing via system preferences. I could connect to my shared network on my iPad, but the problem is my ISP does now allow network sharing! On my iPad it shows the following error message:

"We have detected that you are using a router or a device that is performing network connection sharing. Sharing a connection with multiple devices is against out term of use."..."You can use a router on our network, however it must be configures to act as an access point." Then it mentions that I should turn off DHCP in the router settings.

I am in a student residence and do not have access to the ISP's support staff. The description of the my internet connection contract says that I have right to use two devices manually. There is one ethernet socket in the room.

How can I get internet in my iPad?


  • is the iPad your's ? This sounds very strange, there schould not be any limiting to Wireless on an iPad. So the way you used was totally fine. The ISP can't even know that you are sharing a network.
    – rwenz3l
    Jun 8, 2014 at 11:53
  • @YoshiBotX,If it wasn't mine, I wasn't using it! Of course iPad is mine! The limitation is NOT with iPad, it is with the ISP. I don't know how, but when I share my internet connection on my laptop, and try to access it on my iPad, the ISP figures it out and prevents it. Jun 8, 2014 at 12:02
  • @Buscar웃, Thanks, This link seems like it should work for me as well. I followed the instructions, still the same problem :( Either it does not connect, or it connects and I get the error message that I am not allowed to use router :( Jun 9, 2014 at 7:24

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Just replace the word router with your Mac.

If you are living in student accommodation and you would like to use a router (in your case the MBP), then you must follow the below instructions to ensure it is correctly configured for use on our network. Using a router that performs the DHCP service is against our terms of use. Failure to disable the DHCP service of your router may result in your connection being suspended.

If you are living in residential accommodation, your router does not need to be re-configured. Please see our FAQs for more information.

1) Connect the power cable to your router, and connect your router to your PC using an Ethernet cable. This cable needs to go from one of the LAN ports on the router into an Ethernet port on your PC. Please see the diagram below.

Follow additional instructions here

  • Thanks @Buscar, but the guide from ASK4 does not help. I do NOT have a router/access point device, and I want to use my laptop as an access point. In the guide it says to set the ethernet networking setting in laptop to Automatic DHCP, and to set the router setting to "Manual" (instead of DHCP). If I replace the word router with Mac, then which one I should do? Manual or Automatic? You see my point? Jun 9, 2014 at 7:17

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