I usually rely on internet sharing for turning my mac into a Wi-Fi hotspot for connecting my iPod or my Android phone. However, it is quite cumbersome to go through System Preferences and the dialog panes if you do it quite regularly. Hints reader BrentT had this same problem and he came up with a clever applescript for turning Internet Sharing On and Off. His script did not Toggle Airport On and Off, so I added this part and I also included a quit system preferences line at the end. Here’s the script.
-- Toggle Airport Power On and Off if (offset of "On" in (do shell script "networksetup -getairportpower en1")) > 0 then do shell script "networksetup -setairportpower en1 off" else do shell script "networksetup -setairportpower en1 on" end if tell application "System Preferences" activate end tell tell application "System Events" tell process "System Preferences" click menu item "Sharing" of menu "View" of menu bar 1 delay 2 tell window "Sharing" click checkbox 1 of row 11 of table 1 of scroll area 1 of group 1 delay 1 if (exists sheet 1) then if (exists button "Turn AirPort On" of sheet 1) then click button "Turn AirPort On" of sheet 1 delay 1 end if click button "Start" of sheet 1 end if end tell end tell end tell if application "System Preferences" is running then tell application "System Preferences" to quit end if
I’ve actually converted this script into an Alfred extension, so I just hit
alt+cmd and the keyword
ints and the script is run.