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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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