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?

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 3: Step 3: Connect

I'm using my iPod. Just connect as you usually would.

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.

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    12 Discussions


    6 years ago on Introduction

    My lenovo came standard with a GUI for hosting networks, its built right into my wireless network GUI. Just another tab.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    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]

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    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    windows will only share a wireless connection with a wired connection, it wont rebroadcast a wireless connection.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    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.