How to share a VPN connection from your Mac

Note: Due to Mac’s limitation, you can’t be connected to a Wi-Fi network and host a Wi-Fi network simultaneously.

The Mac’s built-in networking card can either connect to Wi-Fi OR host its own network. Users can buy a Wi-Fi network adapter that should allow one network interface to receive the Wi-Fi connection while the other re-broadcasts it.

Alternatively, users can connect to the router using an Ethernet cable and share their VPN connection through Mac’s built-in Wi-Fi- networking card.

1. Setup BulletVPN on your Mac

2. Set up your VPN for sharing

Return to the System Preferences menu, then click on Sharing.

In the Sharing menu, select Internet Sharing from the left panel. The Internet Sharing options will appear on the right side of the screen. Set the following settings:

Share your connection from: [the L2TP VPN connection you just created]
To computers using: check the box for Wi-Fi.

Select Wi-Fi Options…, and enter the following details:

Network Name: [choose a network name]
Channel: [leave as default]
Security: WPA2 Personal
Password: [choose a password]
Verify: [re-enter your password]

Then click OK

Anyone wishing to connect their device to your VPN network will need the password you’ve just set. 

3. Start Internet Sharing

On the Sharing menu, check the box next to Internet Sharing.

You will see a prompt asking you to turn on Internet sharing. Click Start.

When Internet Sharing has been activated, a green light will appear next to the text: “Internet Sharing: On.”

In your menu bar, you now have two new icons that show your VPN connection status.

The following icon shows your Internet Sharing status. 

4. Disconnect your L2TP VPN

To disconnect your L2TP VPN, go to System Preferences > Network.

Click Disconnect.


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