How to Share the Wireless From a Laptop

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Wireless Internet allows you to sit on your couch with a laptop and browse the Internet without a wire in sight. Wireless Internet always requires, at a minimum, a cable or DSL modem, in addition to a wireless receiver on your laptop. The wireless receiver is usually built into the hardware of recent laptops. If you wish to broadcast the wireless signal to more than your one laptop, to perhaps a friend's laptop, you will need to either purchase a router or use your laptop to broadcast the signal.

  • Click "Start," "Control Panel," then "Network Connections" on your laptop. "Network Connections" may be entitled "Network and Sharing Center" on certain versions of Windows.

  • Right-click the wireless connection. Click "Properties."

  • Click the "Advanced" tab in "Properties" and check the box "Allow other network users to connect through this computer's Internet connection."

  • Click "Wireless Network Connection" in the drop-down menu.

  • Click "Advanced" again and choose "Computer-to-computer (ad hoc) networks only." Make sure to not check "Automatically connect to non-preferred networks."

  • Click "Add" and choose any network name you wish. Make sure data encryption is disabled.

  • Right-click the wireless icon in the system tray. Click "View Available Wireless Networks," and connect to the new network that you created.

  • Right-click the wireless icon in the system tray on your second laptop. Click "View Available Wireless Networks," and click the network that you created on the host laptop.

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