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Connecting with Mac using Internet Sharing

Last Updated: Jan 22, 2014 07:54PM UTC
This technique is one of our favorites, it will make your Mac to work as wifi router for your iPad.

This method is a good solution if:
- you have a Mac connected to a network/internet through an Ethernet cable
- you want to connect Actions to the Mac bypassing the wifi router, or if you don't have any wifi router at all.

Often you can find a similar situation at work (Ethernet cable for your Mac, no wifi router/access points).


If you are in your office/university network, then keep in mind that you may be subject to several network rules and restrictions that could prevent you iPad to connect with Actions. Also notice that in some cases changing your computer settings could harm the network or make your computer to loose the connection with some devices. It entirely depends on each case and on each network. In case of doubt please talk with your system administrator before to make any change in your office network settings.

Using OS X Internet sharing

In your Mac open your System Preferences, choose Sharing, then in the left column select "Internet Sharing".
In the right panel set:
- Share your connection from "Ethernet" or "thunderbolt Ethernet" (depending on your hardware)
- to computers using: "Wifi"
Now you are ready to check the icon of "Internet Sharing", the system will warn you, then proceed.

Connecting at work - OS X Internet Sharing

Connecting at work - OS X Internet Sharing

Now your Mac will start working as an access point, creating a wifi network called by its name.

In your iPad go to iOS general settings, then choose to connect to the network coming from your Mac. 
Once you are connected, open Actions and you will connect to your Mac as usual.
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