How To Setup Your PC As A Wireless Access Point In Windows 7
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Do you have wireless devices such as laptop and smart phone and want it to browse the internet but don’t have a router to do the job? This is possible in Windows 7 provided that you have at least a wireless adapter and an Ethernet port connected to the internet or a USB device with 3G or 4G connections.
To setup your computer act as a Wireless Access Point (WAP) and let other Wi-Fi devices connect to it, first of you have to make sure that.
The computer you’re going to setup as a wireless access point has a wireless adapter and a Ethernet port or a USB device with 3G or 4G connection.
- To begin click on Start > Control Panel and click on Network and Sharing Center, if you can’t find Network and sharing center make sure that Category view is in “Large Icon” or “Small Icon”. In the Network and Sharing Center click on Change Adapter setting.
- In the Network Connection Panel you should see a Wireless network connection, this device will act as the access point and let other Wi-Fi devices connect to it. Aside from wireless network connection there should also be a local area connection that is connected to the internet or a USB 3G/4G connection.
- Go back to Network and Sharing Center panel and click on “Setup a new connection or network”. Under the Set Up a Connection or Network click on “Set up a wireless ad hoc (computer-to-computer) network Set up a temporary network for sharing files or an Internet connection” and click on the Next button.
- On the next screen click the Next button to continue.
- Next you’ll be ask to give your network a name and choose security options. The network name should contain 1 to 32 characters and it is case sensitive, the name you enter here will be the Wi-Fi network name you’ll see when you scan for available Wi-Fi network. Next select the security type and type in your desire security key or passphrase.Check the “Save this network” check box to save your network name on the Wireless network connection, unchecking this checkbox will remove your network name on the Wireless Network Connection list when you disconnect the network, so you have to set up again the Wireless ad hoc connection if you wish to reconnect the device to the network. Click the next button when you finished configuring your Wi-Fi access point.
- After clicking the next button Windows will prompt you that your network is ready to use.
- Turn on Internet connection sharing to share your internet connection with other Wi-Fi devices connected on your Wireless access point. To turn on Internet connection sharing right click on the “Local Area Connection” under the Network connection panel and click on “Properties” then click “Sharing” tab and check the “Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection” checkbox then click the OK button or if you can see the “Turn on Internet connection sharing” shown in step 6 click on it to enable ICS.Internet connection sharing – network and sharing
Note: After you have set up your pc as a wireless access point and yet you’re unable to connect to the internet please make sure that your PC firewall or your Antivirus is not blocking Internet Connection Sharing.
Antivirus firewall setup
Note: Android device might not see the Wireless Access Point you just created, you can also use third party software such as virtual router to share your internet with other Wi-Fi devices for better compatibility with other Wi-Fi devices.