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Using USB wireless adapter as ad hoc connection.

by jimirich / January 23, 2013 10:38 AM PST

There are many threads asking whether or not a USB wireless adapter can be used on a hard wired PC (with an internet connection) to connect other devices to the internet instead of using a wireless router. The answer inevitably is always Yes, but a router is cheaper, You have to leave the computer on.....blah blah blah
Lets rephrase the question:
I work in an area that has poor phone reception and I want to be able to use the internet connection at work with my smartphone or other device by plugging in a little, inconspicuous USB wireless adapter to the pc. I don't care that the computer MUST be on in order to use the connection cause the computer is always on while I'm at work. A router requires installation and other registry modifications that may get the IT folks a little apprehensive and a USB adapter can be pocketed or tossed in a drawer at the end of the day, or carried to another host computer.
So, is the 50 million dollar idea out there?
A USB wireless adapter that can hook up to a PC without having to jump through the hoops of complicated setup and then provide a connection for my smart wireless device. It would be icing on the cake if it could do it without leaving a browsing record on the computer or network.
Really, whomever comes out first with this device, functional as envisioned, will become a multi millionaire.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 24, 2013 5:46 AM PST

I'm going to stop here for a reason. You claim this is for a work place and wrote the IT staff may be apprehensive. I own a POCKET ROUTER that cost me 20 bucks and is USB powered and is just dandy. But at our office we don't have the IT staff to worry about since we are developers.

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Thanks much
by jimirich / January 25, 2013 3:38 AM PST

I'll check out these replies. Thank you very much for your time, Bob.

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While I've used such, never as AD HOC.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 24, 2013 12:11 AM PST

Since you insist on using AD HOC I'm only going to nod and wish you the best of luck. Here I've used Virtual Router as well as WAPs or routers configured as a WAP to do this job. AD HOC? Can't guess why folk would try that.

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Ad hoc
by jimirich / January 24, 2013 5:36 AM PST

Perhaps my terminology of ad hoc is incorrect. However I believe the idea is understood. If would be a great device to have if there was a USB wireless adapter that acted as a wireless router. Compact and simple for a limited area of coverage, such as a workspace.
Maybe, Bob, you'd care to expound on what AD HOC means if its not what I'm referring to.

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In WiFi there AD HOC which is well documented.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 24, 2013 5:41 AM PST
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And on our Windows PCs we can make and join AD HOC networks but I can't see how that could be useful at all.

Since there are easy to use working systems such as I noted, I don't need the USB Wireless Adapter for my laptop since it has one. And since we can take a cheap router and turn that into a WAP, again there is no need for USB at all.

I'm guessing you are not interested in existing solutions and want something else. I'm left to guess this.

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PS. Maybe you missed my no hardware to add solution?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 24, 2013 5:43 AM PST

I'll put this on it's own post so you won't miss it.

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