Reasons for sharing an Internet connection using Windows® 7
Why would you need to share an Internet connection using Windows 7?
Windows 7 provides you with many new connectivity features. You can use these features to share an Internet connection between two computer systems. As you install Windows 7 on your system, you can convert the system to a mobile Wi-Fi machine. With this, you get the ability to get any Internet connection and then share it with other systems wirelessly. Connection sharing is a handy task on a Windows 7 system. It is needed to share data between many users. You do not need a separate Internet connection for each user in a group if network sharing is enabled among these users. With this feature, you need not worry about problems which occur in wired connections. This is possible as you can use another machine’s network on your system.
Here are some tips to share an Internet connection using Windows 7:
- Use 'Connectify' feature
- Network and Sharing Center
- Use HomeGroup feature
Use 'Connectify' feature
You can use the new connectivity applications to enable network sharing on a Windows 7 system. This is new software designed to create a full-fledged Wi-Fi access point on your Windows 7 machine. It uses WPA2-Personal encryption to safeguard network sharing. You can download the application, and use it to share an Internet connection. You will see a new 'Connectify' icon displayed in the notification area after you install this application. Select 'Connectify' and the Internet connection which you need to share. Get a user name and strong password for the network and press 'Internet Sharing'.
Network and Sharing Center
You can use Network and Sharing Center of Windows 7 to enable Internet connection sharing. For this, you need to get a RJ45 jack for an Ethernet cable first. Then, you need to expand the Network and Sharing Center and click the 'Network Connection' icon. You need to then right-click the network connection icon to open its 'Properties'. In the 'Properties' window, you need to get the 'Advanced' tab, and then check “Allow other users to connect through this computer” box.
Windows 7 comes with a HomeGroup feature that you can use to share an Internet connection. For this, you need to open Control Panel and then select the 'HomeGroup' feature. The next step is to select 'Create a HomeGroup' and decide the types of files or content that you want to share. You can then see a password assigned to HomeGroup by Windows 7. By pressing 'Next' buttons, you can get Network Sharing enabled on Windows 7. You need to use the latest version of Windows 7 to enjoy this feature.
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