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idata
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Converting Laptop as router

Hi Friends,

I have got a question here regarding LAN / Internet / Wifi

Currently I am accessing internet through network LAN cable (Broadband) and wish to share the internet via Laptop as WiFi so that I can connect my smartphone / tablet to internet. Please help.

I am using windows 7 - service pack 1 - 32 bit in Lenovo T410 laptop model. Let me know if you need further details and share the steps using which I can extract those information from system thanks.

Regards,

DILIPandey

Microsoft MVP - Excel

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idata
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Dilip,

Take a peek http://lifehacker.com/5369381/turn-your-windows-7-pc-into-a-wireless-hotspot here.

Basically, set up your WiFi in Ad-Hoc mode, using your wired network as a upstream connection. You can teather your smart devices wirelessly to your laptop.

Jason

idata
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"At this point, you should be able to connect any wireless device to your new ad hoc network and access the internet, or even share files directly with your laptop."

I have read through the link.. at above point I got stuck.. my mobile is not detecting that the wifi network which I created. Please suggest further. Thanks.

Regards,

DILIPandey

Microsoft MVP - Excel

idata
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Dilip,

Mobile devices do not have sophisticated antennae and are not able to "see" 5 gHz signal. What wireless signal are you propogating?

Jason

idata
Community Manager
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Okay.. and how to check what signal I am propogating? Thanks.

Regards,

DILIPandey

Microsoft MVP - Excel

idata
Community Manager
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Hi Jason,

Can you help me to identify this ??

Also, someone told me that object45 to USB router (a small device like pen drive) can help here which would be plugged in my laptop and then it can further broadcast wifi ... Do you have any idea about this ?

Thanks for your support and looking forward for further guidance.

Regards,

DILIPandey

Microsoft MVP - Excel

idata
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Dilip,

I don't know anything about the USB device you mention, sorry.

I followed the tutorial and, while I can see the ad-hoc network with my smart phone, there is a message saying, "AdHoc is not supported by Android platform yet!".

I have a non rooted Motorola, so the OS is a few steps behind. Android version 2.3.5 currently. FYI Motorola is always slow to deploy the latest Android OS... :\

I am using WiFi Analyzer which is a free app iirc.

I am going to take a guess and say the antenna will broadcast the network protocol types / signal frequency it is able to natively use - since I didn't have the choice of network protocol type. I am also not able to make adjustments after configuration.

Can you specify how your device fails to detect the signal, what apps / interfaces you are using to find it?

Jason

vt5
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if your laptop hardware supports intel mywifi dashboard, you can enable the hotspot feature which you can share internet up to 8 devices (mobile and laptops)

http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/wireless-products/my-wifi-technology.html Intel® My WiFi Dashboard - Ultra Wi-Fi Portability

hope this help.

idata
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@Jason. Thanks for your reply

Can you specify how your device fails to detect the signal, what apps / interfaces you are using to find it?

My device (Samsung Galaxy Ace) detects wifi signals in many wifi zones like malls / airports etc. but how it detects? I am not sure. What apps / interfaces I am using ? I am using mobile's inbuilt wifi option.

@Sage. Thanks for your reply and suggestion.

Yes, my laptop (Dell XPS L502X) supports Intel My WiFi technology and I used to share internet earlier, using this successfully.

Only difference I can see here in current situation is that :-

I was successful when :-

Internet Source:- Mobile Service provider

Broadcasting Wifi using:- Mobile phone (Samsung Galaxy Ace)

Destination (using wifi in) :- Laptop (Dell XPS L502X)

Result :- Successful

Now I am un-successful when :-

Internet Source:- LAN (office LAN Cable / Hotel LAN cable) with free internet facility

Broadcasting Wifi using:- Laptop (Dell XPS L502X) releasing wifi using Intel My Wifi Technology / tried "adhoc connection" as well

Destination (using wifi in) :- Mobile phone (Samsung Galaxy Ace) / tablets etc

Result :- Un-Successful.

 

Note:- Here my mobile phone connects with laptop in window "Intel my Wifi Technology" and yes, I have clicked on button "share my internet" BUT when I opened internet browser (or an app which runs on internet) on my mobile, it did'nt worked.

My thought:- So can we summarize this issue as "Using laptop, we can further broadcast wifi if we are connected to Internet via wifi and we CANNOT further broadcast wifi if we are connected to internet using Broadband LAN cable.

I hope this clears my position. If you need more details, let me know and I would be happy to share that. Thanks.

If anyone else has faced this situation or some one can confirm that my thought is correct, I will give up

Regards,

DILIPandey

Microsoft MVP-Excel

idata
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Hi Jason / Sage,

I hope I am clear in my previous post

Just to summarize, I am successful in converting my laptop as router when :-

Internet Source:- Mobile Service provider

Broadcasting Wifi using:- Mobile phone (Samsung Galaxy Ace)

Destination (using wifi in) :- Laptop (Dell XPS L502X)

Result :- Successful

Now I am un-successful when :-

Internet Source:- LAN (office LAN Cable / Hotel LAN cable) with free internet facility

Broadcasting Wifi using:- Laptop (Dell XPS L502X) releasing wifi using Intel My Wifi Technology / tried "adhoc connection" as well

Destination (using wifi in) :- Mobile phone (Samsung Galaxy Ace) / tablets etc

Please guide me further. Thanks.

Regards,

DILIPandey

Microsoft MVP - Excel

Result :- Un-Successful.

vt5
New Contributor I
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Hi Dilip, have you tried using windows built-in internet connection sharing on your Dell laptop? just to further isolate the issue

Internet Source:- LAN (office LAN Cable / Hotel LAN cable) with free internet facility

Broadcasting Wifi using:- Laptop (Dell XPS L502X) releasing wifi using Windows Internet connection sharing

Destination (using wifi in) :- Mobile phone (Samsung Galaxy Ace) / tablets etc

idata
Community Manager
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Thanks sage99 for reading through my points.

I tried finding the "windows Internet connection sharing" but could not locate it.. is it something like creating adhoc network connection using wifi and then connecting mobile device to this.. if Yes, I had already tried this as well but after creating such connection, my mobile device failed to detect that there is any wifi / network available to be connected.

Please guide further. Thanks.

Regards,

DILIPandey

Microsoft MVP - Excel

idata
Community Manager
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Hi Dilip,

Internet Connection Sharing is a feature in Windows network connection and you will need to enable this feature to allow other devices to access internet via the laptop/computer.

Please refer to the link below:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306126 How to configure Internet Connection Sharing in Windows XP

idata
Community Manager
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Hi ichun,

I have used this option as well and allowed other devices to access internet which I am broadcasting further using my laptop, in which internet is connected via broadband network cable. The only issue is that other devices are NOT recognizing that there is any wifi network available to connect

Note:- As mentioned earlier, I am successful in broadcasting internet when I connect my laptop to any wifi source and then I can connect my other devices to the wifi which is getting released from laptop.

Please guide further. Thanks.

Regards,

DILIPandey

Microsoft MVP - Excel

idata
Community Manager
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Hi Guys,

I am wondering if I am first in this world who is asking this question or there is no resolution to this.

If anyone want I can share my screen using team viewer as well but I need to know if this is even achievable as I think this is fare expectation to share the internet from broadband network cable -> Laptop -> WiFi (without involvement of any router). Thanks.

Regards,

DILIPandey

Microsoft MVP - Excel

vt5
New Contributor I
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Hi Dilip, I've tried the setup:

LAN -> laptop share internet to wireless -> broadcast -> mobile phone (iphone)

the iphone was able to obtain ip address from laptop and browse the net

is it possible for you to share the detail steps in which it fails for your mobile phone to browse the net? and is your mobile phone able to get ip address? usually windows would set it to 192.168.0. network

idata
Community Manager
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Yes.. my mobile phone was successfully connected when my laptop was using a wifi internet connection and I had used internet on my mobile using the wifi which my laptop broadcasted (not the initial one which my laptop was using - though I can connect my mobile to that as well).. this means my mobile phone (Samsung Ace S5830) is capable to connect / capable to obtain IP.

I hope this answers your points...m not sure about IP. thanks.

Regards,

DILIPandey

Microsoft MVP - Excel

Victor_B_Intel
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Thank you for your post Dilip

Enabling the hotspot feature on Intel® My WiFi dashboard will pick up the network where you have the internet connectivity, and that would be either wired or wireless.

This feature allows you to share the internet connection up to 8 devices (mobile and laptops).

See the link bellow for further information:

http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/wireless-products/my-wifi-technology.html http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/wireless-products/my-wifi-technology.html

To download the Intel® My WiFi Dashboard you must make sure that your laptop is running the latest drivers for your wireless adapter. For most new adapters the latest drivers for Windows* 7 32 bit is located here:

http://downloadcenter.intel.com/confirm.aspx?httpDown=http://downloadmirror.intel.com/21560/eng/Wire... http://downloadcenter.intel.com/confirm.aspx?httpDown=http://downloadmirror.intel.com/21560/eng/Wire...

And the latest Intel® My WiFi Dashboard can be found here:

 

http://downloadcenter.intel.com/confirm.aspx?httpDown=http://downloadmirror.intel.com/21562/eng/Inte... http://downloadcenter.intel.com/confirm.aspx?httpDown=http://downloadmirror.intel.com/21562/eng/Inte...

I hope this helps

idata
Community Manager
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Thanks victor for your reply.

I have followed the steps mentioned by you and installed the applications / drivers.

But when I switched on the Hotspot button on "Intel My Wifi Dashboard", my mobile device (Samsung Galaxy ACE S5830) failed to detect that there is any wifi network available.

Also tried, Options-> preferences->Hotspot-> Given network name and password and checked the option "automatically share my internet (whenever my device becomes hotspot) but no luck.

Please suggest further. Thanks.

Regards,

DILIPandey

Microsoft MVP - Excel

idata
Community Manager
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Check to see if the network is Ad-Hoc. I'm not familiar with this type of WiFi sharing, but I do know that there is a lack of support (as mentioned earlier) for Android and Ad-Hoc networks.

idata
Community Manager
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Thanks Jason,

I think you are correct.

I also feel that Android devices are not capable of obtaining the IP address and hence can not connect to a network, to which I want to connect

Can anyone here check and confirm above statement ?? Thanks.

Regards,

DILIPandey

Microsoft MVP - Excel

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