Hey Buddy!

Today I’d like to briefly explain how to create a wireless access point using your Mac mini with out any extra cost.

What you need to have is:
1. Mac mini
2. Mac OS X lepord or higher.
3. Internet connection(Ethernet).

Note: Mac mini should have internet connection through Ethernet(Must be wired)

Steps to setup:

Step 1:

Open  System Preferences.


Step 2:

Click on sharing.

Step 3:

Now you can see the sharing window((if locked)Unlock the lock by clicking on it and authenticating with admin  password)

Step 4:

Step 5:

  Uncheck  if ” Internet sharing” is checked.

Step 6:

  Set “Share your Internet connection from:” to Ethernet, and  set “To computers using:” to Airport.


Step 7:

Click “Airport options.”

Step 8:

A dialog box where you can enter the SSID(Wifi name)(ignore the next two steps if you don’t want wifi to be password protected).

Step 9:

Choose the WEP security check box to  set password for wifi.

Step 10:

Select the 48 bit or 128 bit encryption . Once you’ve done this, click “OK.”


Step 11:

Click the check-box next to “Internet Sharing” in the left pane of the System Preferences window.


You’ll be asked for confirmation. Click “Start” turn on the sharing.

Now open any other device (i.e any laptop or phone). search for wireless network.

you will find the network created just now. select and input password(if  any).

now you can enjoy the internet where ever you go without a wired connection.

Thanks .

  • kevrthomas@hotmail.com

    Thanks for the info. I would like to use my mini as a point-to-point wireless server (since I already have a wireless router that I hard-wire to the mini) for direct communication with only one user. Is it possible to set up an access point that can be dedicated to only one computer (or iPhone in this case)? …perhaps limiting the DHCP pool somehow? …or limiting access to certain MAC addresses?

    I have the new mini with OSX Lion.

    Thank You

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  • JarredAguirre5

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  • Diana

    Fantastic How To.. Thank you. My home network is up and running!

  • Darryl Hopkins

    Thanks for the tip. This worked for me just fine, but in OS 10.8.2, I didn’t have an AirPort option for “To computers using”, so instead I used the Wi-Fi option and it worked great. Also, I found that for the WEP password, I needed a complex password with at least one number and one capital letter.

  • Wiki

    Very helpful indeed. Just what i needed to know. Thanks a million!