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Windows 7: use computer as hotspot

03 Oct 2011   #11
WebMattR

W7 Professional x64
 
 

Do you have ICS disabled?


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03 Oct 2011   #12
theski232

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WebMattR View Post
Do you have ICS disabled?
this is what happens when I try to enable ICS


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03 Oct 2011   #13
WebMattR

W7 Professional x64
 
 

Alright then. Try the following:

Start
Run
Services.msc
Find Internet Connection Services in the list
Double click, and set it's state to automatic
Reboot

Try bridging now.
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03 Oct 2011   #14
theski232

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WebMattR View Post
Alright then. Try the following:

Start
Run
Services.msc
Find Internet Connection Services in the list
Double click, and set it's state to automatic
Reboot

Try bridging now.
I can now enable ICS for my wifi adapter but when its enabled I lose my internet connection.
Could it be that I am using a LAN network with an ethernet cable for internet?
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04 Oct 2011   #15
WebMattR

W7 Professional x64
 
 

Could you provide me with a screenshot of ipconfig /all? (here's a guide on how)
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04 Oct 2011   #16
theski232

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WebMattR View Post
Could you provide me with a screenshot of ipconfig /all? (here's a guide on how)
here you are


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05 Oct 2011   #17
WebMattR

W7 Professional x64
 
 

Pilfered this from an ad-riddled site. Should work for W7 as well (sorry, I forget thsi step, and this is more coherent than I could explain it).

In Vista, right-click the Network icon in your system tray and choose Connect to a network. Click Set up a connection or network in the sidebar, and choose the Set up a wireless ad hoc network option. Then follow the setup wizard and save the new network.

Once you've created your ad hoc wireless networkwith the laptop you plugged in, you can connect any other computer to the new Wi-Fi network just as you would connect it to any other wireless hotspot.
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05 Oct 2011   #18
theski232

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WebMattR View Post
Pilfered this from an ad-riddled site. Should work for W7 as well (sorry, I forget thsi step, and this is more coherent than I could explain it).

In Vista, right-click the Network icon in your system tray and choose Connect to a network. Click Set up a connection or network in the sidebar, and choose the Set up a wireless ad hoc network option. Then follow the setup wizard and save the new network.

Once you've created your ad hoc wireless networkwith the laptop you plugged in, you can connect any other computer to the new Wi-Fi network just as you would connect it to any other wireless hotspot.
Thanks, I was able to create the ad hoc network but my iPhone wasnt able to connect to the network. Is an ad hoc network only good for computer to computer, or can it support mobile devices?
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06 Oct 2011   #19
WebMattR

W7 Professional x64
 
 

It might be only good for computer to computer. I hadn't thought of that.
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06 Oct 2011   #20
bug67

Windows 7 X64 Professional
 
 

So, I just had this very problem solved by following DMHolt57's command prompt instructions here. Works like a charm!

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DMHolt57 View Post
How to Setup Virtual Wifi on Windows 7
1. Open a command-prompt with administrator privileges.

Click on Start menu, All Programs, Accessories, right-click on Command Prompt, select “Run as administrator”). Type in:

2. Configure the “hosted” interface:

Code:
netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=Test key=password
This example creates an access-point with an SSID of “Test”,

3. Configure Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)

Open up the networking control panel. Select the interface that currently has Internet connection (like your Ethernet or normal wifi), enable “Sharing”, and then select the special “hosted” interface.

4. Start it

Code:
netsh wlan start hostednetwork
Here's a tutorial that goes a little more into it. They also mention the Virtual Router software. I couldn't get it to work. The command prompt did work though.

EDIT:

It should be noted that upon re-boot, the command
Code:
netsh wlan start hostednetwork
has to be run to start the virtual wifi again.
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