When you are traveling and using hotels, they can charge you per device that connects to their network. Even worse is a single ethernet cable for a laptop. Because of these two reasons, connecting your mobile devices to their networks can be a pain. Rendering your devices as fancy paper weights. If you do have that scenario, or not, there is a work around. You can turn your Windows 7 Pc into a Wifi hotspot. This will circumvent the pay for devices and that dreaded single ethernet cable.Here is how to setup up your hotspot with Connectify.
Turn Your Windows 7 PC into a WiFi Hotspot with Connectify
We have shown you how to create a wireless network between Windows 7 and the iPhone if you just want that. Otherwise lets continue.
First you need to download and install Connectify. We will be using the lite version for this article. You will be asked to reboot when you are done installing Connectify. When you log back in you should see the following below.
You can go over the Getting Started is Easy menu or just close it. Head over to the Hotspot menu. On the Settings tab you will want to give your hotspot a name and a password. Next you will want to select your internet connection. Click the drop down under Internet to select it. The last step is the Advanced box. This should update automatically, so you shouldn’t mess with it too much. Just make sure yours look similar to the image below. When you are all finished click Start Hotspot.
You will get a Windows Security Alert. Make sure you have your administrator credentials handy if you are not logged in as the admin. Click Allow Access to continue.
Now that Connectify is all setup on your Windows 7 PC, we need to configure the mobile devices. Since I’m using an iPhone I’ll go through the steps for connecting to the hotspot through the iPhone.
On your iPhone, find the Setting app and press it. Press Wi-Fi form the Settings menu. Under Wi-Fi networks select your Wi-Fi network.
When prompted enter your hotspot password.
Now you should have internet access on your device. Head back to the Windows 7 machine to take a look at the connected clients by going to the clients tab.
If you are done you can stop the WiFi hotspot by click stop Hotspot.