With rapid advancements of technologies these days, almost everybody has a high-speed internet connection for home or personal use. Internet service providers, specifically the one whose infrastructure is based on ultramodern technologies like Wimax or 3G/4G – HSPA (High Speed packet Access) can provide you overwhelming internet bandwidth even if you are a home user, with uploading and downloading speed reaching 1 mbps or higher. If you are using this type of connection alone, most of the time you wouldn’t need this bandwidth unless you are watching internet TV, Video or uploading and downloading large files.
If you have a laptop with windows 7 installed and your internet connection already configured and up and running, you can share this connection with other members of your family of even neighbors in a time-slot you like, by creating an ad-hoc wireless hotspot. Other users can then log in to your network using wireless gadgets like iPhone, ipad or another laptop, provided they are located in or around the hotspot.
To establish yourself as a free internet service provider to your near and dear ones with a wireless internet hotspot of your own, first make sure you have the laptop ready and connected to the internet with a high-speed wireless internet subscription through any ISP. Just to keep in mind, few ISPs may block users from doing this but vast majority of them would allow you do this because many of their subscribers subscribe their services to be able to do such things.
Steps to Create a Wireless Ad-Hoc Hotspot
- Go to the “start menu” – > “control panel” -> “network and internet” as shown in image 1 below. Make sure you have “category” view selected at the top of your screen as shown by the arrow key.
- Select “network and sharing center” and then on the next screen “setup a new connection or network”. Another screen will pop-up with six options as shown in image 2 below.
- Choose the last option marked in yellow “Set up a wireless ad hoc (computer-to-computer) network. Another screen will pop-up showing two laptops trying to get connected. Hit “next” on this screen. Here will get to the next screen where you need to give your network – a name and security key. This security key you will give to the people who would connect to your network later on. Let’s go ahead and give it a name based on your choice and a security key as shown in image 3. Security type should be WPA2-personal and key should be at least 8 characters alphanumeric.
- Select save this network and hit “next” as shown in the above image. This will create the wireless ad-hoc network with the given name. Here I have chosen the network name is “Test Network” so I will get a confirmation screen as shown in image 4 below. Here you need to share the connection by hitting the “share an internet connection on an ad-hoc network” option so that others could connect to it using the security key you have given them. In fact, you could have created the ad-hoc network without assigning any security key but that way you would be calling for troubles as many unknown and interested folks would be able to chip in that case.
After you have done the above steps, it means you have successfully created your wireless hotspot, and now you can start inviting people to join in. They just need to scan for available wireless networks around them with their handheld devices or laptops and then connect to the designated network you have created using the given password.
Assigning Inbound Users with Sufficient Rights to Use Internet Services
Depending on your internet connection configuration, sometimes you may need to provide the right kind of internet access to your inbound connections by manually assigning internet services. As you know, while we are on the internet, we perform different activities like browse the web, send/receive emails or upload files etc. These activities use different services, like HTTP service is used for web browsing, POP3 for Outlook email service for example. So, we need to allocate these services to the inbound connections so that they can do their stuffs alright.
To do this, let’s go to the control panel again from the start menu. Then go to “network and internet” -> “network and sharing center” -> “change adapter settings” on the left menu. On clicking “change adapter settings” a window will appear where you will see a list of available networks (or adapters) here as shown in the image 5 below.
Here you need to choose your internet connection that is connected to the internet. In my case, it is the Wimax connection (Local area connection 3). After clicking on that connection, you will reach another screen as shown in image 6 below. Hit properties button here and proceed with “yes” on the user account confirmation screen.
Nor you are looking at another screen as shown in image 7 below. Hit the “sharing” tab on it.
Select “Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s internet connection” option as shown by the arrow, and then hit “Settings”. You will reach the “Settings” screen as shown in image 8 allowing you to select and unselect the kind of services you want your inbound connections to have access to in order to. In the image below, I have selected the most common services that they would need. You may make your own choices based on your policy to control your inbound connections.