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How to Share a Wireless Internet Connection in Windows 7

How to share a wireless Internet connection in Windows 7 with other computers.
If you have purchased a laptop recently, you may have discovered that you have a wireless network available in your area that your Windows 7 computer can use to access the Internet. You can share that connection with other computers in your home quickly and easily.

Things You'll Need:

Windows 7 laptop or computer with a wireless Internet connection

2 ethernet cables

Ethernet switch or hub

Computer with available ethernet port

Step One:

Connect to the Internet wirelessly using your Windows 7 computer.

Step Two:

Go to Start, Control Panel, Network and Internet, Network and Sharing Center, then look over to the list on the left-hand side (in the blue band) and click Change Adapter Settings.

Step Three:

Right-click your wireless connection and select Properties.  The Properties window will appear.  

Step Four:

Click the Sharing tab on the Wireless Network Connection Properties Window.

Step Five:

Place a check in the box labeled "Allow other network users to connect through this computer's Internet connection."

Step Six:

Click the drop-down box and select the local area connection under Home Networking Connection. (see photo)

Step Seven:

Make sure there is a check in the box titled "Allow other network users to control or disable the shared Internet connection" if you plan to leave the computer unattended for long periods of time.

Step Eight:

Click <OK> to close the window.

Step Nine:

Connect an ethernet cable to the ethernet port on your Windows 7 computer.

Step Ten:

Connect the other end of the ethernet cable to the ethernet switch.  Plug the power to the ethernet switch and turn it on.

Step Eleven:

Connect the other ethernet cable to the ethernet port on the other computer.

Step Twelve:

Connect the other end of the ethernet cable to a  free port on the ethernet switch.

Step Thirteen:

Turn the second computer on and wait for it to fully boot.

Step Fourteen:

Check and configure the Internet connection on the second computer.  The computer's ethernet connection must be set for DHCP, to automatically obtain an IP address.

Step Fifteen:

Enjoy surfing the Internet on your second computer!

Step Sixteen:

Repeat steps nine through fifteen for each additional computer you wish to share your wireless Internet connection with.

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Comments (3)

Good info! I will try this method. I pick up internet from the Cafe' across the street. They have free wireless.

Good luck! I use the method to share wifi with computers I'm working on..to keep from stringing a cable to my workshop.

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