Windows 7 as a Wireless HotSpot
Ever wanted to share a wired network connection -- LAN or perhaps a DSL connection -- with your phone or tablet, but don't have a wireless router to stick in between?
It turns out that this is actually really easy to do under Windows 7. Most newer PCs/Laptops with built in WiFi addapters will have a compatable chipset, and I say newer with quite a bit of give. It works fine on my 3 year old hp laptop. You don't even need to install any third party software!
- Click: Start
- Type: cmd
- Right-click: cmd.exe and select "Run as Administrator."
- Type: netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=alow ssid=NameToBeDisplayed key=PasswordToAccessThisNetwork
Replace NameToBeDisplayed and PasswordToAccessThisNetwork whith something of your own.
- Type: netsh wlan start hostednetwork
If this fails, your wireless adapter may be turned off. If you have a WiFi button on your keyboard, give it a press.
- Click: Start -> Control Panel -> Network and Internet -> Network and Sharing Centre
-> Change Adapter Settings
- Right-click your internet connection.
- Select: Properties.
- Select Tab: Sharing.
- Check: "Allow other network users to connect..."
- Choose your virtual wifi adapter. Probably named something like "Wireless Network 2"
- You're done.
Now any near by wireless device will see your "NameToBeDisplayed" network in the available WiFi's.