I have a question regarding the setup of a hotspot on my Mac. I have a wired ethernet connection, which I connect to the computer. I would then like to be able to connect to that same connection (and the LAN) on my iPhone over wifi. I followed the steps here (https://www.maketecheasier.com/create-wifi-hotspot-using-mac-os-x/) which worked, however, there is a problem. Whenever I do this, the Macbook acts as a router, not allowing me to access any devices on the original LAN the Mac is connected to. I would instead prefer if it acted more like an AP, allowing communication to flow between my iPhone and everything on the LAN.

Thanks in advance!

EDIT: To clarify, the important thing here is that I can't access any devices that are already present on my LAN. I have an IKEA Tradfri hub connected via ethernet to my router. Also connected to my router is a powerline adapter. The second powerline adapter is connected to the Macbook I was talking about. So now, when I connect to the Macbook's wifi, I can't access the hub. (This is, however, possible from the Macbook - I checked via a ping request, there is no app available for mac as far as I know.) My Macbook is therefore acting as a router, where the ethernet cable is plugged in to the port which says Internet. I need it to act like an AP or a router where the ethernet cable is plugged in to a normal LAN port. I hope this clarifies the difference. Thanks again!

  • Welcome to Ask Different! :) It'd be good if you could edit your question to clarify exactly what it is you want to be able to do that you can't at the moment, otherwise you may risk it being closed as being unclear. Maybe providing an actual example of something you want to do will clarify this. I ask because your MacBook acting as a router is what you would expect it to do if it was creating a hotspot, and it's not clear why behaving as a router would be causing you a problem?
    – Monomeeth
    Aug 27, 2017 at 10:07
  • Also, many routers can also be an AP, while a dedicated AP is not a router as another device is already doing the routing. My point is, you are going to need something to be a router unless all you need is a direct connection between two devices.
    – Monomeeth
    Aug 27, 2017 at 10:07
  • Thanks for the feedback Monomeeth! I hope it is now clear what I meant.
    – user253239
    Aug 27, 2017 at 10:36

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Go to system preferences then click on internet sharing and select share your internet connection from your Ethernet then select (to devices using WIFI)

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