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How to rebroadcast WIFI as your own network, FROM YOUR LAPTOP!

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In this instructable I'll show you how to rebroadcast WIFI from your laptop as your own password protected network. You will need a laptop running Windows 7, as the software requires some of the advances that Window 7 makes, and use a newer laptop because your WIFI card might not work.
 
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Step 1: Step 1: Did it say software?

Picture of Step 1: Did it say software?
YES! I did! This runs completely on software. You will need to download Connectify, which takes around 5-10 minutes. It's free!

Step 2: Step 2: Set up

 there will be a little icon on the right hand of your taskbar, click it and it will open the Connectify controls. Enter your network name, your password, and what internet connection you want to share.

Step 4: Done.

Now you can rebroadcast WIFI as your own network, or rebradcast your own and lengthen your range. Connectify doesn't have an option for no pasword yet, but I'm hoping it will soon.
SG1Oniell1 year ago
My lenovo came standard with a GUI for hosting networks, its built right into my wireless network GUI. Just another tab.
blkhawk1 year ago
Thank you for sharing this idea. I did not know about connectify and I am glad to learn this. I rather work with a GUI. Others can type command lines if they want to.
I lot of people don't realise that connectify and similar software, are doing what is already built into win7 (it's a shame they didn't include a gui)... to set your win7 laptop to act as an access point, all you need to do is drop into an admin cmd prompt...

netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=APNAME key=APKEY

From then on, whenever you want your virtual access point to run... you could simply run an admin cmd file with the following command...

netsh wlan start hostednetwork

You can substitute start with stop (to stop it) or show (for connection info)

If you want to share internet simply use ICS by selecting say the real wifi adapter and share to Wireless Network Connection 2... you can even change the IP range from 192.168.2.x to anything else by using regedit see [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\SharedAccess\Parameters]
XOIIO (author)  rocketsurgery2 years ago
True, but connectify has more features and yes, a gui.
Zillionair13 years ago
All you need to do this comes on a standard Windows Installation...
windows will only share a wireless connection with a wired connection, it wont rebroadcast a wireless connection.
XOIIO (author)  tokymaru3 years ago
Actually this does work, at least on my laptop it does.
tokymaru XOIIO3 years ago
connectify will work fine, i use it to connect my desktop to my router which is just out of range. im saying windows itself wont do this without third party software like this.
XOIIO (author)  tokymaru3 years ago
Well yeah, that's why I made this instructables.
Every version of windows after Vista can.
XOIIO (author)  Zillionair13 years ago
What?
grate sharing..
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