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I'd like to connect my Android phone (Samsung Galaxy Nexus running Stock JellyBean) to my Macbook Pro (early-2012, running OSX Lion) via an access point created by my Macbook Pro.

Sadly I can't even see the access point on my Android phone.

Does anyone know a possible solution to this problem?

Additional information: A nearby Windows-PC and iPhone can connect to the AdHoc-network of the Macbook. The android phone can connect to all other wifi.

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Can you see it from any other devices? Can you phone see other WiFi networks? –  techie007 Nov 9 '12 at 15:33
    
Yes, my Windows-PC can connect to it. My phone sees all other WiFi networks. –  Hedge Nov 9 '12 at 15:34
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Are you creating an Ad-hoc WiFi network? Android devices currently can't connect to ad-hoc wifi networks. –  Rakib Ansary Nov 9 '12 at 15:41
    
Yes I do. So that is the solution. What else could I possibly do? –  Hedge Nov 9 '12 at 15:44
    
The general solution would be to create a WiFi hotspot. Windows has connectify.me which can create a WiFi hotspot. You need a similar application for Mac OS. Also have a look at stackoverflow.com/questions/5100928/… –  Rakib Ansary Nov 9 '12 at 15:49
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In Snow Leopard (sorry, I don't have a Lion to try this with):

In System Preferences > Sharing,

  • Enable 'Internet Sharing'
  • Enable 'To computers using AirPort'
  • Click the 'Airport Options' button and set up hotspot's network name and encryption. The AirPort will have to be off for this button to be active.
  • 'Ok' to back out to the Sharing pref pane.

On the Network Preference Pane, or on the menu bar,

  • Turn on the AirPort.

Your device should see your Mac as a WiFi access point.

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I am going to expand on the previous answer:

The stock Android OS doesn't see Ad-Hoc wifi points - this has been programmed in. Why Google decided this, I have no idea.

The wifi access point, as you said, is an Ad-Hoc network, as such Android doesn't see it.

The previous answer tells you how to turn the Ad-Hoc network into a wifi access point - like the ones routers use.

Most custom ROMs allow you to connect to Ad-Hoc networks as if they were normal wifi hotspots.

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just use connectify pro full. http://www.connectify.me/hotspot/

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Connectify only supports Windows. It won't work on OS X. –  eldarerathis Oct 4 '13 at 18:26
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