How to Share Wireless Internet Through LAN Connections

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Local area networks or LANs allow users to connect to the Internet anywhere they have a hardline connection to the network. If you utilize an LAN for your connection needs at home and elsewhere, you may be interested in sharing your connection wirelessly among computers (also known as an “ad hoc” connection). The process of connection sharing is essentially the same as it would be for any other type of connection, and can be set up by anyone.

Things You'll Need

  • LAN connection
  • Connection cable
  • Laptop
  • Plug the connection cable into your laptop. Set up your laptop as the Host computer--the computer through which other computers will connect. Click "Start," then "Programs," followed by "Accessories" and "Communications." Finally, click on "Network Setup Wizard" and click “Next” twice. Select "This computer connects directly to the Internet. The other computers on my network connect through this computer."

  • Click “Next,” then enter a description for your computer. Click “Next” and enter a workgroup name. Click “Next” and “Finish.”

  • Configure the other computers that will be sharing your wireless connection to connect through a PC hub rather than a wireless network router. Click "Start," then "Programs > Accessories > Communications," followed by "Network Setup Wizard."

  • Click "This computer connects to the Internet through a residential gateway or another computer on my network." Click “Next” on the next few screens to complete the initial configuration. Repeat this process for each computer that will be connecting to the wireless connection.

  • Configure the network to include your new “ad hoc” connection through the wireless connection by selecting "Start > Programs > Accessories > Communications and Network Connections." Click on “Internet Connection” and “Properties”. Choose the “Advanced” tab and then click on the selection: “Allow other users to connect to the Internet through this computer.” Click “Finish,” and you now should be able to open an Internet browser on the other computers and connect to the Internet through the ad hoc connection.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can set up the same type of wireless network, but make it a bit more secure and faster by utilizing a router as a connection point rather than a computer as an ad hoc connection.

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