Laptop Wireless Access Point

How does one convert a laptop into a wireless access point?

The unfinished feature of Windows 7 that turns any laptop into a wireless access point, allows other devices to share the connection without any special software. Your laptop could function as a wireless hot spot. It may run both Ethernet and Wi-Fi at the same time; it could work as a wireless hot spot. When a situation arises where there are several people probably attending a conference but there is just one Ethernet connection, you could connect to the Internet by converting one of the laptops into a hot spot and share the single Ethernet connection with everyone else. You could do that much easier than you imagine. Windows 7 is required on the notebook acting as a wireless hot spot. But any wireless-equipped device could reach the web through connection without any additional software.

Procedure to convert laptop into wireless access point:

  • Convert a laptop into a wireless one

  • In Windows Vista

  • In Windows XP

Convert a laptop into a wireless one

For configuring a wireless connection, all one has to do is to click the 'Start' menu and select 'Control panel'. To work this properly, there should be a gateway installed in the laptop. There is a 'Network connection' icon in the 'Control panel'. On double clicking on the icon, a wizard appears. All of you have to do is to follow the steps mentioned in the wizard. At last, the 'Finish' button is clicked; now the laptop has a wireless connection enabled.

In Windows Vista

In Windows Vista, to convert the laptop into a wireless access point, connect the laptop to the Internet using the Ethernet cable. Then open the 'Control panel' and go into the Network and Sharing Center. Now set up a new connection called a wireless ad hoc network. Give a name to it and set up the desired security options; deselect 'Save this Network'. Then click on 'Turn on Internet Connection Sharing'. Anyone could connect to your laptop’s Wi-Fi now.

In Windows XP

You must be sure that your laptop is connected to the Internet using the Ethernet cable. Open up 'Network Connections' from go to Control Panel; right click on your 'Wireless connection' and select 'Properties'. Check Use Windows to configure my wireless network setting on the 'Wireless Networks' tab. Click 'Add', and name your network, under preferred networks, select 'Shared' and provide a password. Choose the Computer-to-Computer (ad hoc) networks only. Open the Properties dialog for your wired Internet connection; go to the advanced menu and check the box next to 'Allow other network users' to connect through this computer’s Internet connection.

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