My dear friend, Mr Tehr wrote an interesting piece on his blog few days ago. It’s about sharing your mobile broadband internet with your friends or family without having to fork out money to buy a wireless router.
It’s a simple procedure using Windows’ ad hoc network connection.
It’s free, it’s easy and it’s already in your Windows or so I thought.
Since I had some free time this morning, I decided to set up my own using my DiGi Mobile broadband and hoped to impress my darling wife whose been complaining about us having to take turn using the broadband modem whenever the public wi-fi is down.
Following the procedure as described by Mr Tehr in his blog, I had to stop at my very first hurdle. Dang!
See the screenshot below.
The first one is from Mr Tehr’s blog and the second one is from my own laptop.
Spot the difference?
Yup, for reasons only known to Microsoft, the “Set up a wireless ad hoc (computer to computer) network” link in the dialog above is missing (see my screenshot). So, I checked out the Microsoft’s website and found the following information:
Ad hoc networking – A computer running Windows 7 Starter can’t create an ad hoc network (also called a computer-to-computer network), but it can be part of an ad hoc network…..For information on upgrading to another edition of Windows 7, see Upgrade to another edition of Windows 7 by using Windows Anytime Upgrade. [Source: www.windows.microsoft.com]
Ad Hoc Network Connection For Windows 7
So they basically tell me that: if you are using the free Windows 7 Starter installed in your laptop, you will not enjoy “Ad hoc networking” function. But if I have money and I’m not too stingy, I can upgrade to their Home or Premium Edition and start using the ad hoc network!
Hmmm.. I can only presume that Mr Tehr is using the Windows 7 Home or Premium Edition and not the Starter edition like mine.
Am I right, bro?
Well, I’m not going to give up that easy you know… 😀
So, I decided to google the internet and found this:
You’re licensed to use ad-hoc networking. You’re not licensed to use the shortcut in this dialog. Source: www.withinwindows.com
Wow! That is freaking interesting! Windows 7 Starter users are actually licenced to use ad hoc networking. But somehow people at Microsoft are not going to tell you how to use it. I guess the rationale behind all this is: if you are not using the paid version, here’s a little homework for you.
So how are you going to access the ad hoc network function in Windows 7 Starter?
Surprisingly, it is quite easy – To access the wizard that this link normally points to, simply Start Menu search for ‘ad hoc’.
See screenshot below.
The rest of the process is simple and you can refer to Mr Tehr’s blog on how to configure the ad hoc network connection.
If you can’t read ‘malay‘, then see the video below.
It’s easy and it’s in English.
Some of you might want to ask me, where the hell is the ‘Start Menu Search‘ for Windows 7 Starter?
Here’s the answer: If your “Start Menu Search” is also missing or being disabled by someone, just Open “Control Panel”. Click on “Programs and Features” and then select “Turn Windows Features on or off”.
Check on ‘Windows Search’ box and click OK.
You will have to restart your computer by the way.
Virtual WiFi Router
If you find all these quite confusing or wish to try a different method, then you might want to try out the 3rd party Virtual WiFi Router. You can download for free HERE.
But you must have “.Net framework” installed on your machine.
To install it, simply enable “Microsoft .net” from “Turn on Windows Feature On or Off” option.
Read the tutorial HERE.
Once you’ve done that, you can start installing your Virtual WiFi Router. Follow the setup instruction and start sharing your broadband with your family and loved ones.
I hope you enjoyed reading my tips for today.
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