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Share an Airport connection with iPad via Bluetooth Internet
This is a useful hint if you have a Mac and an iPad (or iPod touch), and you want to share a hotel wireless Internet connection with both devices.

In the System Preferences Bluetooth pane, pair your Mac with your iPad (they don't need to be connected yet, just paired). Then, select the iPad in the list of Bluetooth devices, and click the Advanced button. Check the 'Share my Internet connection with other Bluetooth devices' option. This should switch you to the Network preferences pane and prompt you to create a new Bluetooth PAN device.

Now go to the Sharing preferences pane and select Internet Sharing from the services list. Under 'Share your connection from,' select Airport, and under 'to computers using,' select Bluetooth PAN. Then check the checkbox next to Internet Sharing in the services list to enable Internet sharing.

From the iPad's Settings app in the General pane, tap Bluetooth, and connect to your Mac. In the top left corner, in place of the Wifi signal strength indicator, you should see a pair of interconnected rings indicating that you are connected to your Mac.

When you bring up a new page in Mobile Safari, you might be prompted by the hotel's ISP to select billing options on the iPad; just tap Cancel, and you should be able to browse normally.

[crarko adds: I tested this, and it does work as described. I've used it before with mixed success; sometimes I've had a hard time getting the Bluetooth connection between the MacBook and the iPad to stay up.]
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iPhone?
Authored by: pediddle on Jun 13, '11 08:19:15AM

Does this work with Bluetooth-enabled iOS devices besides iPad?



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iPhone?
Authored by: Gron-gron on Jun 15, '11 11:42:18PM

I could not get it to work with my iPhone 3GS. Not a big deal, since the phone has 3G service. I only did some light web browsing, but I did see a dialog on the iPad about it being on a cellular data connection, so maybe it assumes it's on 3G if it's tethered via Bluetooth.



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Share an Airport connection with iPad via Bluetooth
Authored by: timcrawf on Jun 13, '11 08:33:37AM

If you have WiFi at the hotel, why can't you just connect to that with the iPad? It would also be faster then the Bluetooth connection.



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Share an Airport connection with iPad via Bluetooth
Authored by: leamanc on Jun 13, '11 09:24:26AM

Because in most of the hotels I've stayed in, they restrict your WiFi connection to the MAC address of the machine you first logged in with. Most of the time these are paid services--meaning this hint can help you avoid paying for extra devices--or they have you enter your room number in your login, and you get limited to one device that way.

It has been a long, long time since I stayed at a hotel that had fully open WiFi (or even ethernet in the room), free and without restrictions. In-room internet is a major money maker for the hotels these days.



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Share an Airport connection with iPad via Bluetooth
Authored by: timcrawf on Jun 13, '11 10:52:57AM

Now I understand. I usually stay in cheap hotels that offer totally free WiFi.



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Share an Airport connection with iPad via Bluetooth
Authored by: Daemon on Jun 13, '11 09:55:00AM

The iPad can tether vía bluetooth since iOS 4.3. Obviously it can tether with any Mac or any other PC sharing its Internet connection, but this feature comes really handy for tethering with a 3G phone (including an iPhone 3G or 3GS, which do not support the Wi-Fi hotspot feature of iOS 4.3).



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Share an Airport connection with iPad via Bluetooth
Authored by: Unsoluble on Jun 13, '11 10:59:19AM

I'm sure I'm missing something here, but: Why use internet sharing over Bluetooth instead of internet sharing over (adhoc) WiFi?



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Share an Airport connection with iPad via Bluetooth
Authored by: RMo on Jun 13, '11 12:36:52PM

Because you're already using it for the hotel's Wi-Fi (and the Airport in Macs doesn't support two simultaneous wireless networks).



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Share an Airport connection with iPad via Bluetooth
Authored by: Unsoluble on Jun 13, '11 12:58:16PM
Ahhhh, right. You can't internet-share over the interface that you're getting the internet from. Thanks for the reminder!

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Share an Airport connection with iPad via Bluetooth
Authored by: david-bo on Jun 09, '12 02:38:54AM
Besides, Bluetooth is much more energy efficient than wifi.
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Share an Airport connection with iPad via Bluetooth
Authored by: TF on Jun 13, '11 01:32:49PM

Handy hint. I'll save it off for future use.

But, this stupid hotel wifi situation (one MAC address only) is the reason I pack an Airport Express and an ethernet cable. Depending on the exact hotel setup, the APEx is the official MAC address and shares the connect with other wifi devices or wired to Macbook and the Macbook shares its ethernet connection to wifi devices (iphone, ipad, other guests, etc.). The APEx is a great device.



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Share WiFi within WiFi in Hotel-Like Situations
Authored by: pdquinlan on Jun 14, '11 01:48:05PM

I get that in "hotel with Ethernet Internet" situations I can connect an Airport Express to hotel's ethernet port to create my own wifi that I can then share with multiple devices - and that these connections are secured per WPA/WPA2. What I would like more info on is for how to have multiple wifi devices share a "hotel's 'one-per-room' wireless" connection. I've tried connecting my Mac via its Airport to a wifi network, and then connecting an Airport Express to that Mac via Ethernet cable to create a second wifi network - and then connecting an Ipad to the second network. The iPad seems to find and connect to the second network (per Settings -> Wi-Fi -> Choose a Network...), but data does not seem to be moving through that connection. Are such wifi networks within wifi networks possible? I hope so, but I have not gotten it to work yet. Any suggestions?



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Share WiFi within WiFi in Hotel-Like Situations
Authored by: TF on Jun 14, '11 02:49:38PM

I don't think I've tried it your way, but I've had success the other reverse order: Hotel wifi --> APEx (just as Join with "share to ethernet" checked) --> wired to Macbook --> Macbook Internet sharing, sharing its ethernet over wifi --> private wifi network created by macbook --> ipad/iphone/etc connect to macbook.

Just did this recently and it worked relatively well.



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Share WiFi within WiFi in Hotel-Like Situations
Authored by: everkleer80 on Jun 15, '11 06:57:18AM

This should work fine... I have done both, your solution pdquinlan, and TF's solution. Do you have internet connection sharing turned on on your Mac to share the internet connection over ethernet? If this isn't the problem, I know I've occasionally had problems using different types of wireless security... you may want to turn off security while troubleshooting...



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Share WiFi within WiFi in Hotel-Like Situations
Authored by: david-bo on Jun 10, '12 12:48:07AM

Get a router with DD-WRT. It can (the router) receive a signal and then create a new network. Depending on the situation you create either a wireless bridge

http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Wireless_Bridge

or a repeater bridge

http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Repeater_Bridge

You lose half the bandwidth but 802.11g/n bandwidth usually is much higher than a hotel connection anyway.

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Share an Airport connection with iPad via Bluetooth
Authored by: ankitmodi89 on Jun 15, '11 01:34:29AM

I am using Mac with 10.6.7 & iPhone 4 with iOS 4.3.3

I successfully paired both, then I enabled 'Share my Internet connection with other Bluetooth devices'. It did not take me to sharing preferences. manually went there & enable internet sharing from Airport to Bluetooth PAN

It did not work, I obviously turned OFF Wi-Fi & 3G while testing on the iPhone. Pls help

Screenshots here - http://cl.ly/1K2x1E2J0h111u0o173M



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Share an Airport connection with iPad via Bluetooth
Authored by: Gron-gron on Jun 16, '11 05:15:39PM

I could only get it to work with my iPad. They probably assume that your iPhone already has 3G data service and wouldn't need to connect via Bluetooth.



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Share an Airport connection with iPad via Bluetooth
Authored by: Gron-gron on Jun 16, '11 05:26:14PM

Some people have asked for info about the Bluetooth pairing.

I'm using an original iPad with iOS 4.3 (8F190) and a MacBook Pro running OS X 10.6.7.

Here's what I've done for the Bluetooth setup:

- from the Bluetooth preference pane in System Preferences, click the + to add a new device. This will launch the Bluetooth Setup Assistant, which will automatically start to search for new devices.
- from the iPad Settings app, tap General, then tap Bluetooth. Turn Bluetooth on, and it will say Now Discoverable.
- on the Mac, it should detect the iPad. Click Continue, and it will display a code number for pairing
- on the iPad, it will display a dialog saying that the Mac would like to pair with the iPad, and it should show the PIN code for confirmation. Tap "Pair".
- Don't worry if the iPad says pairing was unsuccessful. The Mac should say that pairing was successful and that a computer serial port was created
- go back to the iPad, and it should list your Mac as an unconnected Bluetooth device. Tap the new device to connect it.

If you already did the previous steps for sharing the Airport over Bluetooth, then you should be able to surf the internet from your iPad.

These are the steps that worked for me; ymmv.

Good luck!



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Share an Airport connection with iPad via Bluetooth
Authored by: chrmcbride on Dec 29, '11 02:11:12AM

Gron-gron, your suggestions worked nearly to perfection except this part:

"When you bring up a new page in Mobile Safari, you might be prompted by the hotel's ISP to select billing options on the iPad; just tap Cancel, and you should be able to browse normally"

That's exactly what happened, but after I clicked "cancel", it still kept returning me to the "sign-in" page. I can't browse normally. I'm definitely not connecting through the iPad's wireless signal, I'm connected through my MacBook Pro via Bluetooth as you said.

Maybe hotels are getting wise to this trick?



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