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.


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.

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