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Cannot turn either laptop into a wifi hotspot win xp

by Surrealll / November 1, 2011 10:18 PM PDT

Hi all,

I am having a lot of trouble making either of my laptops into a wifi hotspot.

I have read all the guides on google, and they all say the same thing.

When i go to my local area connection properties. I didnt have the authentication tab, i how resolved that now in services.msc.

I follow the steps to the letter...and when i view available network connections from the laptop i am creating the hotspot from. i can see the wireless hotspot. But i cannot connect to the ******. And my phone doesnt see it at all

I have tried disabling firewall and virus/malware programmes. I have downloaded all updates for windows.

I have the same problem on my thinkpad, as well as my dell laptop

Any suggestions, i googled and couldnt find people with problems creating a laptop hotspot. Just how to make one.



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Same here. How did I solve it?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 2, 2011 1:38 AM PDT

I had the same need while moving to our new home. To fix this I added a router which was setup like so.

Netbook w/tethered phone for internet.
ICS and setup to share to the ethernet port.
Router with it's WAN port connected to the netbook's ethernet port.

This is not an offer to detail this further since you must be able to support such a setup but I hope you can use something similar.

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by Surrealll / November 2, 2011 4:18 AM PDT

I have a wireless router and it works great.

All i want is to make the laptop a wifi looks damn easy to do. But for some reason it does not work for me

At work i have a ethernet internet only...and i would like to make my laptop into a wifi hotspot so i can use my phone on it.

I follow all the intructions and i get the wifi-hotspot to show up on my wireless connections on the laptop i am setting it up. But that laptop cannot connect to it. And it is not viewable by other devices



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Since this was not a feature in XP
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 2, 2011 5:19 AM PDT
In reply to: help

And even the known ADHOC mode was unreliable I went with a solid solution.

I can only guess how much time folk lose on such setups. Another reason I went with a solid, well known solution.

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by Coryphaeus / November 2, 2011 6:21 AM PDT
In reply to: help

Why not just use wi-fi from the router to the phone?

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by Surrealll / November 2, 2011 5:35 PM PDT
In reply to: Phone?

I want to make my laptop a wifi hotspot cause at work there is no wireless available

Any one with any ideas?



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What am I missing?
by Coryphaeus / November 2, 2011 9:46 PM PDT
In reply to: help!

Does your router not have wireless? You said that it does. As Bob states above, what you are trying to do is not supported and will be jake-leg at best. If your router is wireless, turn on the radio.

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by Surrealll / November 2, 2011 10:54 PM PDT
In reply to: What am I missing?
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As you can see, that's an ADHOC network.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 3, 2011 2:10 AM PDT
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This is not the same as a wifi hotspot that many want and it appears to be the WRONG video for you.

Let's get down to a basic question.

Do you understand ADHOC versus the usual wifi router mode?

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Thank you for your time
by Surrealll / November 3, 2011 6:14 PM PDT

Hi there,

Thank you for your help

I was under the impression, and probably wrong, that adhoc was for computer to computer. And i could use that for my mobile

Wifi router mode, i presume is a general wifi for any computer/mobile to connect to?



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ADHOC is ... ADHOC and
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 4, 2011 3:05 AM PDT

Your routers use an "infra structure" mode. You may have succeeded to create this ADHOC hotspot but didn't change the clients to look for an ADHOC network.

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no access to router
by Surrealll / November 16, 2011 7:35 PM PST
In reply to: ADHOC is ... ADHOC and

Unfortunatley i do not have access to the works router

I only have access to my laptop, which i need to use the internet from for my phone



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Do you understand the basics?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 17, 2011 7:03 AM PST
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For example WIFI has two basic modes.


ADHOC is going to create trouble as most folk had no experience using it. I used it years ago for a portable demo of a data collection system. While it worked for me, the next person could not make it work. Turned out they were ignoring the step by step directions since they knew how to setup wifi.

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