Configure Laptop as a WIFI router





Here is a step by step instruction to use a laptop as WIFI Router and access Internet through it on any other WIFI enabled deivce in ad-hoc mode :

1. Go to Start, Control Panel, Network Connections. Right click the wireless connection (it should be called “Wireless Network Connection”) and select properties.

2. On the window that will show up, click on the Wireless Networks tab. Make sure that no wireless networks are being listed under "Preferred Networks". If you see networks there, remove them one by one.

3. Click on Advanced button.Select “Computer-to-computer (ad-hoc) networks only” and click on Close.

4. Now click on Add. It is thru this window that we will create our wireless network. You will need to fill out the following:
  • Network Name (SSID): This will be the name of your network. This is how your computers will call your network.
  • Network Authentication: Open.
  • Data encryption: WEP.
  • Uncheck the “The key is provided for me automatically” box.
  • Configure your network key. This is a password that will be used to encrypt data transferred on your network, preventing neighbors from surfing the web for free and also preventing people to view or even delete your files, if file sharing is enabled on your network. You must fill this field. The key must have five alphanumerical characters.
5. After clicking Ok, you will see your network listed under Preferred Networks. Your network will still be listed with a red “x”, this is absolutely normal.

6. Now you need to share your Internet connection. Pay attention because this is done on network card that has your broadband Internet connected, not on your wireless network card. Go to Network Connections (Start, Control Panel), right click the network card where your broadband Internet is connected to and then choose Properties. On the window that will show up, click on Advanced tab.There, check the “Allow other network users to connect thru this computer’s Internet connection” box and make sure that the “Allow other network users to control or disable the shared Internet connection” is unchecked.

7. Click Ok and now you will see “Shared” under the name of the network connection where your broadband Internet is connected to (usually called “Local Area Connection”). Your wireless connection will still be listed as “Not Connected”; this is absolutely normal. It will only change to “Connected” after any other computer has joined your network.

8. Now that your host computer is correctly configured, you need to configure the other computers that will have access to your wireless network.Now that you have configured the host computer, it is time to configure the other computers that will have access to your wireless network. This configuration is very simple; just follow these very simple steps:

9. If you configured your host computer correctly, your wireless network will now be listed on the available networks list of all computers that have a wireless network card within the range of the card installed on your host computer. Just click the wireless network icon available on the task bar or double click your wireless connection on Network Connections (Start, Control Panel) to see a list of wireless networks available.

10. After double-clicking your network, Windows will ask you the network encryption key.

11. After clicking Ok, your network status will be listed as “Acquiring Network Address” and then it will change to “Connected”.

12. After this point you will have access to the Internet using the Internet connection available on your host computer. Test your network by opening your web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc) and trying to open a well-known website like Google.

13. Now on your host computer its wireless connection will also appear as “connected”. Like we said before the wireless connection on the host computer will appear as “connected” only when other computers are connected to it.

14. In order to prevent instability issues on your wireless network, we recommend you to remove all other networks that may appear listed under Preferred Networks on all computers. This can be done right clicking your wireless connection on Network Connections. (Start, Control Panel), selecting Properties, then on the window that will show up click on Wireless Networks tab. Remove all other networks listed under Preferred Networks but your own network.




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70 comments:

  1. How can I browse internet on my mobile (Nokia
    5800 express music) using my laptop as wifi router. I have a BSNL broad band connection with type IV modem.

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  2. hi, i am from india and using a wifi broadband from tikona broadband.they have provided me the ruckus wireless metroflex 211 ext- router.i want to know hot to configure that router as i am unable to open its configuration settings in the browser.default gateway shown in my tcp/ip is 113.193.136.1 also i want to know how i can setup and use it as my own wifi.

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  3. Thaaaaaaaaaaanks soooooooooo much ... I tried it and it worked as a magic .

    I used it with my laptop and Nokia 5800 , it was really wonderful

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  4. Wow, man! This is just the information I was looking for! The instructions were very clear. Not for nothing is the site callted Tech Guru!

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  5. This is amazing :)

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  6. Hats off to tech Guru!!!!

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  7. will this work for ipod touch

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  9. It didn't work for me.. I followed all the steps and it didn't work. I have tenda wr3111R+. Does this guide work on this type of router?

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  10. i am not able to connect it with my blackberry curve 8520.Could you plz confirm will this work for blackberry?

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  11. Hi,

    This tutorial will work with any router / device. Please make sure you are following the steps correctly.

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  12. If I set this up correctly, will this work when I use the laptop in hotels that provide free internet via LAN but not wireless?

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  13. @bove Yes it would work perfectly fine with any LAN based Internet connection :)

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  14. how can setupa my laptop for free wifi browsing with a cafe i know their ip info

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  15. You will need to know their passkey which is used to protect WiFi connections from unauthorized use.

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  16. IT DID NOT DO WITH MY WIRELESS CONNECTION!!

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  17. Hi, Does this work only with LAN connections or will it work if i use wireless broadband like tata photon? Any assistance will be of great help.
    Thanks.

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  18. My friend tried both ways and it seemed to be working.

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  19. it connected but seems the IP/DNS will not obtain automatically.
     

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  20.  Ideally it should assign, if not you can manually assign IP address !

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  21. Really very helpful...

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  22. hi guys i have a problem can i use my laptop broadband internet on my samsung ace mobile by this method plzzzz help me out

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  23. hi,i can't browse any site thrugh this way.a msg shown on my mobile "no web gateway reply"on my nokia e71 mobile.my laptop is acer with xp.tell me wht i do.

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  25. Hi Shubham
    Will it work with 3G Datacard.. As i am trying to use my datacard internet for my mobile samsung galaxy..... Is it possible.....

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  26. If you are running Windows 7 and want a easy solution, just download free version of connectify from http://www.connectify.me/

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  27. Hey Shubham, great article, I could easily make my laptop as a router and even connect with my ipad. The issue was I could not connect to internet over this connection thru my ipad. Not sure if some additional TCP IP/ DHCP setting is required to achieve this. I could see in ipad, it picked up an IP, however, other fields were blank. Not sure what was missing - any ideas ?? Nevertheless thanks for sharing all this info, Regards,
    Himanshu

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  28. Check is you have shared internet over that connection !

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  29. Hi Shubham,  I was able to create shared wireless network, but unable to connect with my samsung galaxy ace - GT-S5830, what could be the problem, I have enabled wi-fi in my mobile, but still no luck.

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  30. What error do you get ?

    Also if you use Windows 7, use Connectify software !

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  31. Thanks a lot Shubham for the easy steps.... just wanted to confirm will it work with my xbox 360??

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  32. Hi Sid,

    Yes it would work with any device in this world :)

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  33. I always enjoy reading such posts which provide knowledge based information like this blog. Thanks for sharing it with us Generic Nexium online.

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  34. Thank you for the extremely impressive article. It has great detail that are easy to understand and it also has great tips. I can't wait to read more of your blogs.

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  35. great article thanks for sharing

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  36. Plz Update it with Snapshots ...

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  37. Allow other network users to connect thru this computer’s Internet connection


    gives error!
    cant proceed! what to do? pls help.

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  38. it does not work on windows 7..

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    1. For Windows 7, Use Connectify !

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    2. there is a problem using connectify for windows 7.. its not working if the internet connection we are using is with 3G/4G modem.. it is asking for upgrading to connectify pro and its too costly to upgrade to that version... do u have a solution for this plzzz... im struggling hard to get a better solution for this..

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  39. Hi Shubham,

    I tried the steps many times and at from many sites.. All same the same procedure and I tried it on my XP computer. But it does not work for me. Any idea why??

    I also used conectify on win 7 and looked like it didnt do the trick either...

    Any solutions???
    Would be great if it wud work!

    Thanks,
    Arun

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  40. Hi Shubham,

    I tried the steps many times and from many sites.. All say the same procedure and I tried it on my XP computer. But it does not work for me. Any idea why??

    I also used conectify on win 7 and looked like it didnt do the trick either...

    Any solutions???
    Would be great if it wud work!

    Thanks,
    Arun

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  41. I m try but in wireless network connection wifi of my samsung galaxy "NO WIRELESS NETWORK FOUND IN RANG" ERROR COME
    What to do

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  42. ya article is gr8 but my ipod is detecting the wifi hotspot but my acer a500 tablet not able to detect this hotspot, and i am using windows xp only. If u can help, plz suggest me.

    tanq
    ravi
    kumar.ravi.a@gmail.com

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  43. no network access is listed to my created network..
    what do dude??

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  44. @shubham neo- bro i need ur help..i have htc wildfire (unrooted)..i want 2 connect my lappy lan connection as wifi hotspot and use the internet on my phone..i have followed all the steps but when i turn on my wifi and scan the available networks it says no network found...plz help me bro??

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  45. I have an Mts dongle and want to connect my Micromax Tab to it. Please let me know what can be done?

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  46. Hello,

    If Network Authentication is Open as you mentioned in step 4, any one in the range of wifi can access the internet. I tried to make connection secured by selecting wep key. Although with this my laptop was listed as wifi hotspot and I was even able to connect to it from my ipad. But internet didn't work in it. Could you please tell me what is the solution to this?

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  47. I have a cable net LAN connection that I want to share wirelessly via the procedure mentioned above or via connectify or related softwares. Is this even possible with cable net?

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    1. Yes, Connectify or the above method can do the same !

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  48. Hi, Will it work for data card? I mean I am using data card for internet connection in my laptop.
    Thanks,

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  49. Hi shubham,
    m working on win xp...my tab doesnt detect the nw i created using ur instructions...ne leads?

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  50. Hi, I have tried above steps but my samsung ace android phone ( i have also tried other android phones) does not show any WIFI network in list.

    Plz help.

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    1. This would help you : http://www.guidingtech.com/9793/easy-ways-to-share-internet-from-windows-pc/

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  51. Hello bro,
    I followed ur steps exactly and made this process work 90% but the 10% contains the major part.
    Everything works fine and I am successful in making a wireless connection. However, I do not have internet access. I can connect a laptop to the hosted network without any trouble but cannot browse the web.
    In the host computer, the hosted network shows "Unidentified Network". How do I configure it ?
    I've searched the web but no luck.
    Need Help !

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  52. I am unable to connect to network. When i am seeing the wireless network connection properties - I am able to see my created network name . On clicking Properties a new window opens. In the authenitication tab of this window I am seeing the error message "IEEE802.1x authentication cannot operate on peer to peer (adhoc) networks or on networks for which data encryption is disabled. In the same tab I am unable to select "enable IEEE802.1x authentication to this network" radio button. Please help with the solution

    Tirtha

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  53. i am using windows 8 and and have problem with the first 4 steps. i am not finding preferred networks in my list.

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    1. You can use Connectify for Windows 8 !

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  54. in my laptop it is showing that wireless network connected, signal strength is excellent
    but in my micromax P300 tap still it is showing obtaining network address...

    what might be the problem

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  55. and in samsung galaxy ace it is showing no wifi detected

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