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Is There A USB ROUTER That Will Broadcast My Wired Internet?

Hi everyone! I was wondering if there was a USB dongle that works like a router. That I can plug it into my computer, which has a WLAN connected, and it will become an access point for WiFi. Basically a router that is as small as a USB flash drive. Thanks to those who help!

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Not seeing something here

What is your PC currently connected to and how? If you go straight to a modem, then you buy a standard wireless router. If you're connected to a wired router, you add a wireless access point to that. If you want others to connect through your PC, what you'd need is a wireless network interface device that can act as an AP and be bridged to your wired NIC. In any event, I think you're looking for an AP and not a router unless you have some other purpose here. Maybe if you could explain more about your plan, it would get you a better answer.

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I just want an access point made from my wired connection

Thank you so much for replying Steven Haninger! I have a wired connection, cable. Cable plugged into modem and modem plugged into PC. That's it. I know there are USB Flash drive-sized wireless ADAPTERS, that pick up wireless from existing access points. But I would like to know if there's a flash drive-sized router. Where I can plug it into my wired PC and it will broadcast my internet. I just want an access point made from my wired connection, but not with something as big as a router. Thanks again for all your help!

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Let's be honest.

There is ICS which I will no longer write about. Too unreliable, twitchy to setup so google ICS and move on.

The honest truth is a router is just as much money as a USB wifi anything.

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Thanks! But money's not the problem. I just want it to be portable and a snap to set up. I once got such a thing for the Wii Nintendo system. It's as small as a USB flash drive, you simply plug it into a computer that has a wired connection and it will broadcast that connection to become an access point. But it only works for nintendo products.

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So hit

And see if such is out there.

What's odd is that a portable wifi router is easy to find. Setup is no harder than any router setup.

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"a portable wifi router is easy to find. Setup is no harder than any router setup"

can you point me to one? Thanks again for your help

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You can use google to do that by just

typing in "portable wifi routers". You'll see most are designed for mobile use. But, since you said that a standard router was too big, are you sure that something the size of a deck of cards would be acceptable but not one as big as a paperback book? Is that what's most important to you. Otherwise, about all I can think is that maybe you insist that your PC be on before the connection even exists. Keep in mind that part of what a router does is handle IP addressing on a network and that connecting such to your laptop would create a separate network as well. I also can't see anyway that doing what you're asking isn't going to cripple your laptop in some regard. A wireless router connected to your modem would do all you seem to want if you could find about 40 or so cubic inches of space.

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Dear sirs,

Please link, you will find the products - USB WIFI Router which meet your requirments.


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