PC TIP OF THE DAY: Sharing Your Laptop Internet Connection With Your Phone/Tablet

This tip allows you to share your internet connection using Microsoft’s old Virtural WiFi feature.  This allows you to create a virtural wireless access point (AP) that other devices like laptops and tablets can connect to.

You can create a Wireless Hosted Network, which is basically a virtual wireless router. This can even be created while using the Wi-Fi adapter for another network.

Here’s how to create a Wireless Hosted Network:

  • Open the Control Panel or Network and Sharing Center and open the Network Connections window.
  • Then right-click the network adapter that’s connected to the Internet and select Properties.
  • Select the Sharing tab, check the Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection, choose the Hosted Network Connection from the drop-down listbox, and click OK.
  • Configure the hosted network via the Command Prompt: netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=YourVirtualNetworkName  key=YourNetworkPassword
  • Start the hosted network via the Command Prompt: netsh wlan start hostednetwork. Your network has been created and you can use your Tablet to scan for available networks.
  • When needed, stop the hosted network via the Command Prompt: netsh wlan stop hostednetwork

I have tried this on Windows 7 so for Windows XP you can try it for yourself

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