Have you a wireless or Ethernet connection & want to share it with your colleagues or friends.Well, it is not difficult process if they have WiFi enabled phone or laptop.You can easily turn your Laptop into a Free Wi-Fi Hotspot & allow them browsing internet with shared internet connection.If you have laptop & using windows XP than You can easily set up WLAN or external modem connection to your data network provider.
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To set up your laptop for using mobile hotspot, you need to do a little trick that is mentioned here.
1.Click on Start > Control Panel > Network Connections.
2.Choose properties from wireless connection & choose the option in dialog box that is saying “Use Windows to configure my wireless network settings.”
3.At the bottom portion of dialog box click on “Add” button to start creating your mobile hotspot.
4.Enter your desired name for your Network(SSID), you can choose anyone.Choose open under network authentication & data encryption as WEP that meants “Wired Equivalent Privacy.” Enter your desired password in Network key & if you are unable to enter password than un-check the box that says the key is provided to me automatically.Than check the option provided at the bottom saying “this is a computer-to-computer (ad-hoc) network; wireless access points are not used.” Then click OK to create your hotspot.
5.Your new created network will be visible under Preferred Networks.Click on “Computer-to-computer (ad-hoc) networks only” under advance button options.
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Now your computer is ready to share internet connection with other computer or WiFi enabled mobile phones but we need to tell Windows which connection should be shared.So open property of network by right clicking on the network you wish to share & choose “Allow other network users to connect through the computer’s Internet connection” option mentioned under advanced tab.
Now you have done.Tell your friend to search for Wireless network & once he starts searching he will get your laptop WiFi as hotspot & can connect to the internet via your shared internet connection.
This way, you can easily setup your WiFI hotspot connection on your computer. You can alternatively use Portable Wireless Router gadget, that is USB drive sized tiny gadget allow you to create WiFi hotspot connection anywhere.