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using a laptop as a router (?)

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Alright, so I recently acquired a 2008ish pc running XP that has no wifi capabilities at the time, and I am unable to run an ethernet cable to it for various reasons. however, I have a 2009ish macbook that does have wifi, and I was wondering if I could somehow use it as, essentially, a wifi-card/router/whatever by connecting an ethernet cable between the two computers. thanks in advance

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Sure can, go to System Preferences from the upper left-hand corner Apple menu, then select Sharing (blue folder with a yellow diamond in the middle). Check "Internet Sharing" in the list of checkboxes on the left side. For your situation, it sounds like you want to select Wi-Fi from the "Share your connection from:" drop-down, and check "Ethernet" in the box below that.

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you have no idea how thankful I am for your response. seriously. thanks, systems_glitch!

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No problem, we have Macs at work and this gets used all of the time to bridge Ethernet-only projects onto the office network...otherwise you have to go find a long Ethernet cable and get someone (me, mostly) to patch in a spare room jack, since we leave all of the unused jacks unterminated for security.

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may have to favorite this post since myself, nor anyone that works in the VoIP company I work for know sh!t about any apple or mac products.. occasionally need to set up ICS for a VoIP phone temporarily if there is no CAT5 runs, and it is a temp install, or the customer is too cheap to do the runs.. 

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