Sharing your internet connection – easily!April 29, 2012 • Posted by Adam @ MotorhomeWiFi in Blog, Support •
If you have a USB WiFi booster, the WiFi adapter that is built into your computer is no longer being used as the USB device takes over. You could turn this off if you wish to save battery power, but if you have more than one device a better use for it is to share that internet connection with your other devices or even your friends in the motorhome next door if they are close by.
You can do this using Windows, but this isn’t always the easiest way of working. We found that by far the easiest way of doing this is by downloading the free version of the popular sharing software called Connectify.
Connectify works by turning your built-in WiFi card into a mini hotspot or router so that you can connect and use other devices at the same time, such as your iPad, smart phone or second laptop.
1.) Download the free version of Connectify at the bottom of THIS PAGE (click).
2.) Install onto your computer and restart when requested.
3.) The application should start automatically and be visable on your task bar (next to the clock).
4.) Connect to the internet using your USB BOOSTER in the usual way. Make sure your computers on-board WiFi connection is turned on and that it is not connected to anything.
5.) Now you can open Connectify and you should seen the box the same as above right. Give your access point a name, we’ve called ours Motorhome (on the free version the hotspot name will always start “Connetify”). Choose a password for hotspot to stop other people near to your van using your connection!
6.) Under ‘Internet to Share’ choose your USB device, this will usually be identified with a #2 next to it.
7.) Under ‘Advanced Settings’ ensure that Wi-Fi is selected under ‘Share Over’ and that WPA2 is selected under ‘Sharing Mode’ if availanle, if not choose Ad-Hoc WEP
8.) Click Start Hotspot! The connection you have created should now be visible to other computers who should be able to connect and use that internet connection.
If you are a regular user you could consider upgrading to the Pro version which will fill in many of settings which are manual in the free version automatically. It will also allow you to share a 3G dongle in exactly the same way without having your WiFi booster connected.
We love Connectify and use it loads, including on our show stand!