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How to set up a PC with a wireless card to connect to the internet through a Mac with an Airport card and internet sharing turned on:

Mac Settings:
  1. Open System Preferences, Sharing Control Panel, Internet Tab. Once there, check only the 'Share your connection with Airport-equipped computers' box.
  2. Click 'Start' then click 'Airport Options...'. Give your Network a Name. Set the channel to some number. This will be the 'Key index (advanced)' value on the PC.
  3. Check the 'Enable encryption (using WEP)' box. Set the WEP key length to 40-bit.
  4. Get WEP Key Maker. This freeware app lets you create a reproducible hex code for a given password or phrase. Use the app to get your Hex key from WEP Key Maker; i.e. Apple -> 077495204A. You enter it with a $ in front like this>: $077495204A to make it a valid Hex password. Click OK.
PC Settings:
  1. In your Network Connections folder, double click your "Wireless Network Connection." Select Properties and go to the Wireless Networks Tab.
  2. Select the Network that you created with your Mac and click Configure of Properties. Check the 'Data encryption (WEP enabled)' box and the 'Network Authentication (Shared mode)' box.
  3. Enter the Hex network key (password) you used to create the Mac network. You dont need the $ symbol in front.
  4. Set the 'Key index (advanced)' value to the value you used to set up the Mac Network.
  5. Make sure that 'Enable IEEE 802.x authentication for this network' is not checked under the Authentication Tab.
Upon restarting you should have a connection through your wireless card! Thanks to Bruce Thomson on the Apple Discussions Forums.
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Use Internet Sharing to enable wireless PC net access
Authored by: stevec on Aug 05, '03 07:47:26PM

For those of you with a different set up IE a base station (in my case the original Graphite one) and not an airport card in a powerbook. Here is what worked for me.

1. Open the Airport Admin Utility Select your base station and click on configure
2. Click Name and Password
3. Under the field where you have entered your unique Wireless network name check the box "Enable Encryption (using WEP)"
4. Click on change password
5. using the little WEP Keymaker utility generate a key and copy it (the HEX key) to the clipboard
6. enter a $ in the new password field and paste the rest of your key. Repeat for the verify box and click OK

If you click on SHOW SUMMARY it will show you your Wireless Hex Equivalent password.

ON THE PC

I have an Orinoco (Lucent) 802.11b card in a Win2K laptop and with this particular card you get to the password a bit differently than in the hint (hey it's a PC!). If you're just installing the software for the first time it it will present you with a series of dialog boxes:

1. Enter the network type (Access Point)
2. Network name
3. Enable Data Security (WEP)
select the option to use Hexadecimal and enter the password you just created (WITHOUT the $) in one of the key boxes.

if you have done everything right you are connected and surfing the web.

Remember it is a good idea to use a unique and non-obvious network name and password. 802.11 security is not bulletproof but it will keep most casual users out of your network.



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Use Internet Sharing to enable wireless PC net access
Authored by: Rod76 on Aug 06, '03 04:01:34AM

I use this for my sony vaio the only problems i've noticed is that can't connect to aim or msn.... not to mention ms for updates.... but for casual web browsing it works.... The only other problem i've had with it is that i lose the connection on reboot i have to start internet connection sharing all over again...



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Use Internet Sharing to enable wireless PC net access
Authored by: sajames on Aug 06, '03 09:46:05AM

I did manage to successfully get this to work (before I read the hint) and discovered a few things along the way.
1. Don't hide your network
2. Some PC adaptors will use the WEP key that the airport software displays on its summary page without the $.

Here is my problem:
How do I get the Windows machine to get the same IP address. When I try to lengthen the lease to the maximum, I get no address from the airport. The problem is in using MS's remote access tool (a really nifty piece of softwae). I need to know the Wintel's IP address and it will change in an unpredictable way after each reboot.



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Use Internet Sharing to enable wireless PC net access
Authored by: stevec on Aug 07, '03 04:23:03PM

Actually the best way is to set the lease to a normal time, refresh the ip stack

C:\ IPCONFIG /RENEW

and once you have that number just copy it all down and enter it manually and do away with the problem with getting a different IP each time you boot.

Works great for me



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Use Internet Sharing to enable wireless PC net access
Authored by: dyera on Oct 31, '03 09:45:28AM

This site has been a Godsend.
I have a <DLS MODEM> to <LINKSYS ROUTER> to <17" Panther iMac w/ AirPort card> to <XP Laptop w/ LinkSys WPC-11>. Using the excellent info in the above posts I finally have the XP Laptop talking to the iMac, but there are 2 problems.

(1) The XP Laptop cannot browse the Internet. I can Ping "microsoft.com, apple.com, etc." When I run a TraceRt from the PC I see the iMac, Linksys router. Then nothing. When I try a browser I cannot get to any site using either IP addresses or symbolic names. It is as if the Linksys router will not let data sent from the XP laptop come back through.

(2) On the iMac I can login to the XP Laptop. But I can not login FROM the XP Laptop to the iMac. When I try to login from the XP Laptop to the iMac I have tried BOTH the IP address "192.168.1.100" and IP address + directory as in "192.168.1.100\accountName"

Any ideas?



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Use Internet Sharing to enable wireless PC net access
Authored by: rodentx on Dec 10, '03 08:30:01AM

I'm using a 17" G4 Powerbook running OS X 10.3.1 (Panther) -- My Wireless Internet Card is the Sierra Wireless 555 and my wireless internet service is thru Verizon. My PowerBook is also equipped with an AirPort card (obviously).

I've followed the steps from the prior posts (to the letter), but for some reason or another, I can not get my WindowsXP laptop (also with an 802.11b wireless card) to connect to the internet.

Once I've connected to the Internet with my Sierra Wireless connection and turned Internet Sharing on (active/started), I can see the UP ARROW over top of the Airport Signal strength icon In the menu bar...I'm assuming all is well here??

I've found that on WindowsXP, there are only 4 Key index (advanced)' values on the PC to choose from, so I've set both the Mac and the Windows machine to use ' 1 ' as the Key index number to stay within the 1-4 index ID's.

I've set the WEP key to 40-bit and keyed in the WEP key not forgetting to add the ' $ ' before the key (on the MAC). Note: I created the WEP Key with the WEP Key Maker mentioned in prior posts). I've setup the WindowsXP machine as follows:

1. Network Connections folder > Wireless Network Connection > Properties > Wireless Networks Tab

2. Select the Network that you created with your Mac (Which I do see on the Windows machine) > Configure of Properties > Check the 'Data encryption (WEP enabled)' box and the 'Network Authentication (Shared mode)' box.

3. Enter the Hex network key without the ' $ '

4. Set the 'Key index (advanced)' value to ' 1 '

5. Made sure that the Enable IEEE 802.x authentication for this network' is not checked under the Authentication Tab.

I restarted the Windows machine and tried to connect to the internet thru the MAC, but my Windows machine will not connect to the MAC at all. If I disable WEP on the MAC, the Windows machine will recognize the MAC on the wireless network, but not connect to the internet.

I'm at a loss and can't afford to loose much more hair - any suggestions would be much appreciated.

Side Note: If I reverse the procedures and have the Mac connect to the Internet thru the Windows machine (installing the Sierra Wireless card into the Windows machine), it works just fine without WEP turned on, but if WEP is on, I have not been able to connect...yet. I think I may not have ' shared mode ' set on the Windows machine. I will be trying this later this afternoon.

James (RodentX)



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Use Internet Sharing to enable wireless PC net access
Authored by: rwilson2772 on Dec 16, '04 10:27:08AM

I am trying to set my network up the opposite way. My roommate's PC is wired and I have a Powerbook and a Airport (Graphite). Could I follow the same steps to set up the network or are there different steps I would need to take?



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