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?

Stick with WiFi. It makes a lot more sense as the other post noted.

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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