Procedure for sharing a wireless Internet connection using Windows® 7
Why do you need to share a wireless Internet connection using Windows 7?
In new computer systems, Internet connection sharing is becoming an important task. Windows has enabled wireless Internet connection sharing, and it has improved in Windows 7. Wireless Internet connection sharing is needed to stay connected with your friends or with your employees. You can easily use your system with wireless Internet connection sharing enabled. This is possible as you can get access to resources connected to other systems with this feature. This feature is useful when you have only one printer or scanner among a number of users, and you need to have access to just these devices for each system.
Here are some methods to share a wireless Internet connection using Windows 7:
- Use Network and Sharing Center
- Use Virtual Router
- Points to remember
Use Network and Sharing Center
You can use Network and Sharing Center to share a wireless Internet connection using Windows 7. For this, you need to access a particular option from 'Control Panel' of the system. Then, select the link, "Set up a Connection or Network". You will then see a new window displayed on the system in which you need to select the 'Connection' option. You need to then choose “Set up a wireless ad hoc network” option from these. Next step is to type in the network name and select the security type which is WPA2-Personal. Finally, select "Turn on Internet connection sharing" to get the connection enabled.
Use Virtual Router
You can use Virtual Router to enable wireless Internet connection sharing on Windows 7. You need to install this software from proper websites. Then, enter network name, and select a password. The next step is to select a connection that you want to share. Finally, press "Start Virtual Router" button to get the wireless Internet sharing enabled. You can see all systems connected through wireless sharing under 'Peers Connected' tab.
There are some points to be remembered while sharing a wireless Internet connection using Windows 7. A router may always come with a default user name and password, which you need to change to strong ones to avoid hackers. It is good to clean the server as well as a system before network sharing is enabled. Otherwise, infections start to spread through a network to each system connected on it. You need to set up a network security key, which you can do with help of Network and Sharing Center.
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