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General Incredible=wifi hotspot with win 7

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by sta7ic, May 19, 2010.

  1. sta7ic

    sta7ic Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    May 2, 2010
    Rochester, NY / Pittsburgh, PA
    I posted this in tips an tricks but thought more people would see it here:

    Ok, so i didn't see anyone having posted this before so here it is.
    This isn't true WiFi tethering, as you still need at least ONE windows 7 laptop to create the hot spot. (This works with macs, but only if they are running win 7 in bootcamp)
    The basic premise is, you use pdanet (or another tethering option) and then using a program called Connectify for windows 7, you create a wifi hotspot using your laptop's WiFi card which is using the pdanet tether as its connection.

    First steps:
    Download pdanet from the Market on your phone, and the desktop portion from this website: PdaNet -- USB Tether/Bluetooth DUN for Android
    Follow the instructions for install and having the right phone settings
    Now download Connectify from here: Connectify - Turn your Windows 7 laptop into a Wi-Fi Hotspot.

    Next Steps:
    Connect your phone to your laptop, and start the PDAnet app on the phone. Open PDAnet on your laptop, and click "connect"
    Now your computer is tethered through your laptop.

    Now run Connectify. It's easiest to hit the Easy Set-Up Wizard.
    Type in a network name for your wireless network. Then select the type of connection to use, either with or without a password. Now it will ask you to select the connection. This is the connection your WiFi card will use to broadcast its signal with. Select "PDANET Modem"
    Click Finish

    You now have a wireless hot spot for other devices to using your Incredible. Not all devices can see it. Any computer or iphone OS or android device can see it, but I can't seem to get it to work for PS3's, zune's and other devices. You can use Connectify with any other connection as well, like a hard Ethernet connection in a hotel room. Hope this is useful for people! Ask questions if you are confused.


  2. necosino

    necosino Well-Known Member

    Apr 14, 2010
    Accountant and semi-pro poker player
    Upstate NY
    You can do this without PDANet too, via the "How To Tether Natively" instructions.

    You can also use a desktop with a wifi card installed.

    Connectify is awesome :D
  3. Skipdawg

    Skipdawg Well-Known Member

    May 13, 2010
    US Navy Vet, very retired!
    Washington State
    Cool I may have to give it a try when I get bord some night. lol
  4. nyngbld

    nyngbld Well-Known Member

    Apr 8, 2010
    +1 as in this evening!
  5. jwm2

    jwm2 Well-Known Member

    Mar 30, 2010
    Sterling, IL
    This has been possible for a long time. You can do it with windows xp as well. Its called internet sharing. But you are still tehtered to the pc via a usb cable regardless.
  6. kratos76

    kratos76 New Member

    May 19, 2010
    Systems Admin
    Asheville, NC
    Connectify is awesome because it acts as a DHCP server... XP internet connection sharing coudn't ever do that. This is actually a new feature of Windows 7 that Connectify is using. It's great, but not all wifi cards are supported. My old Intel 3945 is not sadly.
  7. answerman

    answerman Well-Known Member

    Apr 20, 2010
    Appleton, WI
    Just tried it (we're going on vacation tomorrow) and it works slick. My Intel 4965AGN WiFi card in my laptop (the only Win7 computer I have right now) is one of those that isn't supported for WPA2 Access Point mode, but it worked fine using the Ad-hoc WEP mode. I had three other computers connected and all browsing the Web, being assigned IPs in the 192.168.2.xxx range. Very nice! It'll be great once Froyo comes out with the built-in access point, but in the meantime this will be very serviceable.

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