How can I turn my Windows 7 64-bit desktop into a WiFi Hotspot to share Internet with my Android smartphone?

Rajaa Chowdhury April 21, 2013
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I want to convert my Windows 7 64-bit desktop into a WiFi hotspot so that my Android smartphone can also access the internet through my cable broadband connected to the desktop. Unfortunately, my desktop doesn’t have a WiFi adapter.

I want to spend maximum US$10 to US$12 on the project. This includes buying an USB WiFi adapter and also the routing software.

I am aware of Connectify Hotspot, but it is steeply priced. Therefore I am thinking of EDUP Nano Wireless N 11n Wi-Fi Nano USB Adapter Dongle WiFi and https://virtualrouter.codeplex.com/ , which is a freeware.

I need your suggestion, that will it be a workable solution? Can you also suggest some alternatives within that budget?

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  1. Rajesh S
    April 23, 2013 at 8:34 am

    i suggest bye a USB dongle cheap one online and try Lite version of Connectify Hotspot software and follow steps here http://webtotech.com/reverse-tethering-on-android-phone-without-rooting/ hope this will be cost less ..

    • Rajaa Chowdhury
      April 25, 2013 at 1:29 am

      That is exactly what I have already done. Thanks anyways!!! :D

  2. Harshit J
    April 22, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Try this software. It's size is just 400KB
    http://www.mhotspot.com

    • Rajaa Chowdhury
      April 23, 2013 at 6:31 am

      Harshit, when I tried to download this from there official site, a malware downloader was launched. So abandoned it. I have resovled the problem. I have gone for a TP-Link 150Mbps Mini Wireless N USB Adaptor Model no. TL-WN723N Ver 2.2 and created a Hotspot via Connectify Hotspot Pro 3.7.1.25486. It is working extremely well till now. :)

    • Harshit J
      April 24, 2013 at 9:48 am

      Sorry, I got that website from the first page on a Google search.

    • Rajaa Chowdhury
      April 25, 2013 at 1:30 am

      Chill dude, no need to say sorry. The intention was good and you tried to help me, that is all that matters. :D Cheers!!!

  3. Shub
    April 22, 2013 at 6:23 am

    virtualrouter.codeplex.com/
    Simple Program that will do your job!

    • Rajaa Chowdhury
      April 26, 2013 at 2:28 pm

      I guess I have hit upon a better one freeware. I hit upon a freeware replacement for Connectify Hotspot. It is called MaryFi and is downloadable from http://www.maryfi.com/ .

  4. Chris Marcoe
    April 22, 2013 at 5:25 am

    2 days ago, someone asked this. This is the thread. and its got great info.

    http://www.makeuseof.com/answers/can-anyone-show-me-step-by-step-how-to-make-a-desktop-computer-a-wifi-hotspot/

  5. ha14
    April 21, 2013 at 6:18 pm
    • Rajaa Chowdhury
      April 22, 2013 at 1:56 am

      Thanks for the article as the solution suggested seemed more fine-tuned and originally based on the codeplex project I was pointing to in my question. So, certainly this is a good addition to the project. However, can you also checkout the USB WiFi adaptor mentioned and suggest, will it work and hold on the signals, or better still, can you suggest some more alternative USB WiFi adaptors within US $10 to 12 available in India probably at eBay India or similar sites.

    • ha14
      April 22, 2013 at 5:19 pm

      it should work if you use few connections on your hotspot and you have to be close range like less than 10m, i never used your wifi adaptor it should be 802.11 B or G or N, all 'N' transmitters (access points) do G and B. Some adaptors are dual bands. Be sure that your adaptor is WHQL certified drivers if yes then it is certified for Windows and normally you shouldnt have problem.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WHQL_Testing

    • Rajaa Chowdhury
      April 23, 2013 at 6:32 am

      ha14, I have resolved the problem. I have gone for a TP-Link 150Mbps Mini Wireless N USB Adaptor Model no. TL-WN723N Ver 2.2 and created a Hotspot via Connectify Hotspot Pro 3.7.1.25486. It is working extremely well till now. :)

    • Rajaa Chowdhury
      April 26, 2013 at 2:27 pm

      I hit upon a freeware replacement for Connectify Hotspot. It is called MaryFi and is downloadable from http://www.maryfi.com/ .

    • Rajaa Chowdhury
      April 28, 2013 at 2:04 am

      MaryFi did not work for me, however another freeware did work. It is called MyPublicWifi and is downloadable from http://www.mypublicwifi.com/publicwifi/en/index.html

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