I’m using Internet Sharing (USB 10/100/1000 LAN → Wi-Fi) to give a tech demo of a web site, running locally on my machine, to multiple phones.

I want to connect 15 phones to the shared network, but upon connecting the 6th phone, the phone reported “Access point temporarily full”.

Is there a way to configure how many devices can connect to Internet Sharing? I’m fine with delving into the Terminal.

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Unfortunately there's no setting to configure the maximum number of stations that can connect to the access point at a time.


The limit seems to be hard-coded into macOS and cannot be modified by setting properties or similar.

However, if it is an option to use additional hardware, you may put a router in between. That way, only the router would connect via Internet sharing, while the other devices would connect to the router.

  • This. I'd suggest a little palm-sized "travel router" such as the nifty models offered by GL.iNet (gl-inet.com).
    – jdmc
    May 14, 2021 at 17:30

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