How to Share your LAN or Bluetooth Dongle Connection

If you are connected to internet via LAN connection or an Internet Dongle, you can easily share your computer’s internet connection through your Wi-Fi. Here are the most simplest methods.

Connect Everything With One

My friend Nandu has Internet Dongle (USB) which he uses often for surfing net. He also has a Wi-Fi enabled tablet. Sim is not supported in the Tab. One probable solution might be to apply for a Wi-Fi broadband connection. Other option might be to share the internet connection of his laptop. If he is sensibly price conscious he will choose the later.

How to share Internet

There is two ways of doing that. One quick and best solution is to use Connectify, a very light weight (~5MB) software that will share your Wi-Fi connection. While there is a price for PRO, the free version too shares your internet connection. All you have to do is manually configure it. Check the very basic guide below.

Install Connectify. Softpedia still hosts the free version of this software. (Make sure you have enabled the Wi-fi of your system before your apply settings. )If you are not using the Pro version you wont be able to rename your network. No big deal, connectiy-ne is a pretty name. Choose a 8 digit password. Give the software few seconds to initialize the internet related devices. Choose the device which has internet or whose connection you want to share. It should be either your LAN connection or the Dongle name. Then choose your Wi-fi to share with. And start Hotspot.

A Wi-Fi connection with name ‘Connetify-me’ should be available for the connection in your tablets and smartphones.

Be wise in choosing the Sharing mode. Recommended is WPA2. There is less problem in WEP mode too. But Open mode is like a open bank.

Try Creating an Ad-hoc connection

We can also share internet of LAN by making an Ad-hoc network. An Ad-hoc network is like every computer shares internet connection to nearby computer. There is no centralized or server system.

On windows 7 the process is smoother. You go to Network and sharing, choose to create a new connection and there you find the option to create an Ad-hoc network.

But on Windows 8, the option is absent so you will have to run few commands in order to get it done. I tried the following commands suggested by a StackExchange user and could not succeed. Let me know if you are able to do perform these.

For starting internet connection:

netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=LocalAdHoc key=password
netsh wlan start hostednetwork

And to stop

netsh wlan stop hostednetwork

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