My girlfriend has just given me her laptop for fixing it. I need to connect this laptop to the Internet but my home LAN uses only cable and do not have any spare network cable. I also don’t want to disconnect my laptop from the Internet. How can I quickly turn my Windows 7 laptop into a WiFi hotspot so that my girlfriend’s laptop can connect to the Internet through it?
Actually, Microsoft Windows supports you to create a private wireless network (ad-hoc mode) between two laptops with wireless network card and share files between the two. But you could not share the Internet between these two.
With Windows 7, you have a free solution to turn your laptop or desktop pc with wireless networks card into a WiFi hotspot. This is Connectify (you can download this software from http://www.connectify.me/download/). I used it a lot to make a WiFi hotspot so my Blackberry can connect to the Internet.
The installation is a very simple process. Just double click on the downloaded file then click Next until the process done. After that, reboot your computer for the driver that Connectify installed can be finally active on your laptop.
After reboot, Connectify will show up the Welcome screen. You can choose Free Version or enter License Key for PRO version. Free version is enough for me.
Let’s assume that your laptop connects to the Internet through Local Area Network adapter and your wireless adapter is Wireless Network Connection.
Let’s do some simple settings in Connectify window:
1. Set your Hotspot Name
2. Set your Password for this hotspot. For access point mode, Connectify set the security mode is WPA2-PSK
3. Set the Internet connection to Local Area Network
4. Then click Start Hotspot.
Wait for Connectify setting up and then you have an active access point to use.
Now, on your girlfriend’s laptop, do as you connect to a normal hotspot. You can see your Connectify hotspot in your wireless network list.
Choose that network, click Connect and then input your defined password. Wait for a minute and then you can see that you connected to Connectify hotspot.
On Connectify screen, you can see your girlfriend’s laptop showed up with the allocated IP address in Clients list.
You can now access the Internet from your girlfriend’s laptop or explore other Connectify options .