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How to use your Windows 7 laptop as a wireless hot spot.

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Wireless hot spots are very popular today. There may be instances where a wired (LAN) connection or even USB modem may be available, however no other equipment is present for providing wireless connections to additional devices. It is quite possible to use your laptop as a wireless access point for other wireless devices located within a 10 - 15 feet radius.

To do this using the Windows 7 Operating System you may proceed as follows:

Step 1: Left click on the Internet access (push button)

Step 2: Left click on "Open Network and Sharing Center (link)" in "View Available Networks"

Step 3: Left click on "Manage wireless networks (link)" in "Network and Sharing Center"

Step 4: Left click on "Add (push button)" in "Manage Wireless Networks"

Step 5: Left click on "Create an ad hoc network (push button)" in "Manually connect to a wireless network"

Step 6: Left click on "Next (push button)" in "Manually connect to a wireless network"

Step 7: Enter a name for your wireless network.

Step 8: Enter a password in the area labelled Security key.

Step 9: Left click on "Next (push button)" in "Manually connect to a wireless network"


Step 10: Left click on "Close (push button)" in "Manually connect to a wireless network"

Step 11: Left click on "Not Connected Waiting for users to connect to your adhoc network (push button)"

Step 12: Left double click on "MY WIFI (text)" in "View Available Networks"

At this point users may may simply search for the network then log in using the password that was set up earlier.


1. Android devices by default will not detect this type of network. You may need to download a third party app from the Google play store. Some of these apps will require your handset to be rooted. Steps on how to root your device will be posted within another article soon.

2. To ensure greater security use strong passwords which would include
at least 1 upper case character
a number
special character (&, ^, %, $, #, @)

3. The closer the laptops are, the faster the connection will be.

4. Disconnect the network when not in use so as to conserve on batteries as well as to limit the possibility of unauthorized access.

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