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Windows XP - Turn PC / Laptop to Wireless Router

How can I turn my laptop or desktop running Windows XP into a wireless router so that I can connect my wifi enabled devices to it and use internet?

Please let me know of all programs that can help.

Thank You.

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There are articles about using ICS

But it's far too finicky so I never do more than mention it. If you had Windows 7, then you have VIRTUAL ROUTER.

This is not a new question but the same answers apply. Nothing has changed to make this work well (that is, ICS.)
Bob

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With Windows XP ...

you can still have Virtual Router but these all depend on ICS and require the connected computer being used to remain on.
http://downloads.phpnuke.org/en/download-item-view-y-y-m-a-l-v/VIRTUAL%2BWIFI%2BROUTER.htm
or
http://gofree.com/download/Windows-Software/Utilities/Wi-FiHotSpotCreator.php?gclid=CPe-ksOtrrICFeg-Mgodq1QAXQ

It is really much simpler and cheaper in the long run (considering the amount of electricity the computer uses as opposed to what a router uses) to simply get and use a cheap wireless router. These start at $12.99 and go up depending on brand and features
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100010072&IsNodeId=1&Description=wirwless%20router&bop=And&Order=PRICE&PageSize=20

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Nice find.
http://virtualrouter.codeplex.com/ is the one I've seen working without too much hair loss.

XP is just getting too long in the tooth for me. That is, I'm getting a little short with it's issues.
Bob
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Windows XP - Turn PC / Laptop to Wireless Router

Well, I have tried the programs above and they don't help. Also, MyRouter from codeplex doesn't support all network cards. Has anyone tried the other programs? If yes, please could you detail me on the important steps? Quite new to try this.

I just want my laptop to act as a wireless hotspot and use its internet (connected by wireless) on my wireless enabled mobile phone. Keeping the laptop on forever or expense of electricity is not an issue at all.

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That's news to me

I've yet to find any limitation on the cards as you noted. I didn't try the other program because I only have a few XP machines to use now. And those are at the office locked up for projects.
Bob

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