I can successfully share my Mac wireless through internet sharing and plugging the Pi into the ethernet. I can surf the net through a browser on the Pi. However, I cannot ping the Mac from the Pi. I cannot ping the gateway from the Pi. I cannot ping google from the Pi. But if I disable the Mac firewall, I can now do all of the pinging I could not do before. So how can I configure the mac firewall to allow the Pi to access the internet through terminal?


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If you can browse from the Pi, then you should already have internet access from the terminal. The trouble is that you are using the wrong binary to test it. The firewall on a Mac blocks ping for security reasons. Most firewall do the same, or at least, should do. So ping is not a good binary to use to test network connectivity, in a secure environment. From OS X: About the application firewall

Enable stealth mode

Enabling stealth mode prevents the computer from responding to probing requests. The computer still answers incoming requests for authorized apps. Unexpected requests, such as ICMP (ping) are ignored.

To test your internet routing, through the Mac, try to ftp, or sftp, something from the internet from the Pi terminal or see if you can use wget. For example, try this exercise:

cd /usr/src
mkdir test
cd test

This three lines first create a test folder to download to. Now to test the internet connection.

wget https://github.com/raspberrypi/linux/tarball/rpi-3.2.27

Then use wget to grab a kernel source. If this works, then your mac is sharing the (wireless) network correctly.

Another simple test is to run apt-get. Open a terminal and type:

sudo apt-get update

This will soon tell you if you have internet access or not.

If you don't need to ping your Mac for a specific reason, then you should be fine, and need not worry any further. If you really do need ping, then you can enable ping individually in the firewall, without turning off the entire firewall, by disabling Stealth Mode.

Stealth mode checkbox - Advanced firewall settings - OSX

If you are still experiencing problems, you may need to check ipfw. Again, from OS X: About the application firewall

Firewall limitations

The application firewall is designed to work with Internet protocols most commonly used by applications – TCP and UDP. Firewall settings do not affect AppleTalk connections. The firewall may be set to block incoming ICMP "pings" by enabling Stealth Mode in Advanced Settings. Earlier ipfw technology is still accessible from the command line (in Terminal) and the application firewall does not overrule any rules set using ipfw. If ipfw blocks an incoming packet, the application firewall does not process it.

  • thank you green online for your thorough explanation. Yes i did try your examples as well as 'sudo apt-get update' Commented May 15, 2015 at 16:42
  • thank you. I wish I could give back the bandwidth I wasted. Commented May 15, 2015 at 16:51

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