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nbetolli
Dec 28, 2012

Can I use Bluetooth from my Mac for an internet connection instead of WiFi?

I got a new Mac for Christmas, and I can use the Bluetooth for an internet connection for other devices. I have the Mac set up in my living room, where I spend most of my time at home. Is there any reason I shouldn't just use this instead of my WiFi for things like my iPhone or to provide access for visitors? I know the range is limited, but other than that?

jimlynch
01/02/2013
Stick with WiFi. It makes a lot more sense as the other post noted.
aiden
12/31/2013

The range is pretty short, as you noted. Otherwise, sure, you can do it, but the speed is going to be crawling slow vs. WiFi. I think the max transfer speed over Bluetooth is around 1Mbps, which is pretty pathetic compared to even a crummy internet connection over WiFi. Other than perhaps as a quick connection for visitors to check their email or something, I would not use Bluetooth for an internet connection. Also, since you would still have to pair your Mac with the device, I don't see that you would save any time over just entering your WiFi password (unless you are concerned with your friends having it, I suppose).  

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