One of my favourite ‘gadgets’ of late is definitely my “3” card – it’s awesome to simply plug in a USB key, and be online – via Wireless Broadband (3G/HSDPA).
I’ve been able to use email, browsing, twitter and even a CITRIX remote desktop connection whilst in a cafe, or sitting in my car – even on a moving train !
One of the cool things I uncovered recently was the ability to share this connection, using Internet Connection Sharing.
I was able to use this technique in a cafe with a buddy from Microsoft, as well as in the office workplace – 7th floor of a CBD office building.
Before you begin, make sure YOUR laptop is online, using your wireless broadband connection.
Adhoc Wireless Network
The first step is to set up a wireless network, so that the other laptop/s can add a connection to your laptop.
- Open the Network and Sharing Center in Windows 7
- Click Set up a new connection or network
- Scroll down and select Set up a wireless adhoc network
- Can just click Next on the ‘info’ screen
- You will need to choose a Network name to identify your wifi network
- Also, can change the Security type – I just left it as default
- Pick a value for the Security key – and take note / remember it
- You will need to tell the other person connecting
- Then click Next
- Make sure you click the button to Turn on Internet connection sharing
- And – that’s it !
- Just click Close – and YOU are done…
Connect to wireless network
Now you can tell your friend to try it out.
They’ll need to choose to connect to a wireless network – and enter the password you’ve chosen.
You’ll be able to check if they’ve connected or not when looking at the network info fly out from the Network Notification Icon (on the lower right side of the taskbar)
After they’ve connected, they should be online using YOUR wireless broadband connection – how easy is that !
Good luck – “go get your nerd on” – with a friend !
Sometimes, the system administrator will BLOCK the ability to use Internet Connection Sharing – I found this out the hard way when trying to setup the same connection as above – with ME as the ‘client’ – not the ‘host’.
If this is the case, you’re pretty much screwed – it ain’t gonna work.