[clug] Help in Setting up WiFi

Hal Ashburner hal at ashburner.info
Tue Jun 22 03:29:37 MDT 2010

Hi Elizabeth,
Bleh. I'm sorry, I should read more closely. No router. You can make the 
mac mini a router and this is exactly what you're trying to do.

In the system preferences in the mac mini, "sharing", "internet sharing"
Share connection from: (choose "ethernet")
To computers using (check "AirPort")

(also do the Printer Sharing if you want to print)

Then the airport widgety thing in the bar on the top of the mac mini 
screen, click it and select "Create Network"
Do whatever it says, it should be pretty straight forward.

And the mac mini should now be a wireless router.

Join this network with Network Manager with the laptop.

Oh, by the way, slackware scares the piss out of me an I've been using 
linux for 7 or more years, maybe someone will correct me but it's not 
what I would have recommended for someone new to linux.

Kind regards,

On 22/Jun/10 6:02 PM, Elizabeth Waddell wrote:
> Elizabeth Waddell wrote:
> 1 am a newbie who is trying to set up a wifi connection between my 
> Apple Mac Mini desktop and a Gigabyte laptop running Linux (Slackware 
> 13.1). I want to access the Mac's printer and internet connection on 
> my Linux machine from various locations about the house.
> I am unfamiliar with networking of any kind and the information that I 
> have located on the net relating to wifi seems to presume a basic 
> knowledge of wired networking.
> I have fiddled around with every setting that I can think of on both 
> machines and although I can get Wicd on the Linux computer to detect 
> the presence of the Mac, I cannot manage to get a usable connection.
> I live in Yass, but I could bring the Linux computer, plus a Mac 
> laptop into the next Clug meeting. Would anyone be prepared to show me 
> how to connect the two? Hopefully, I could then transfer the settings 
> to the Mac Mini at home.
> Alternatively, could anyone suggest a guide to setting up wifi that is 
> couched in a straightforward language that I can understand?
> Regards
> Elizabeth Waddell

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