Now what if you want to use your mobile phone’s internet connection to power your network? And what if, instead of using a physical wireless router, you decided a freeware application called Mobile Wi-Fi Router would do just fine.
Now remember if you and your phone leave the house you will not be able to remotely connect to your home computers. You are essentially taking the connection out with you.
This makes a good setup for a few computers and casual Internet browsing. NOT if you have seven computers and a server all pulling in gigs and gigs of data.
I am sure you can do this from any mobile platform but today we will be using a Windows Mobile 6.5 device to connect. I have also tested this on Windows Mobile 6.1. If you try it on other versions please let us know in the comments.
First, to setup a wireless home network we will need to download the Wi-Fi Router application. You can grab it from here. Once you have it downloaded and installed on your Windows Mobile Device, you can launch it. Go ahead and start up the application by simply clicking on the desktop logo. Set up from there is just as easy.
The main interface of Wi-Fi Router looks like this:
The options are ready to go right out of the box with a WEP password of 1234567890 and a generic network name. These will be fine for testing but when you decide to put this to use please do everyone a favor and change the network name and the WEP key.
Once you have your settings as you want them, you have the option to check the box next to <em>Use these settings next time without asking</em>.
I only have my 3G connection active so that is the only option that appears under “Internet Connection”. When you have another connection active like Wi-Fi or &Bluetooth; those will appear there as well for you to choose from.
When you are ready to test, go ahead and hit the “Start” soft key button. You will then see a screen that looks like this:
As you can see it clearly spits the network information back at you so you can look at your device to reference the WEP or network name. Hitting OK will allow you to use your device again keeping the Wi-Fi network active.
Now walk on over to each computer you want to join your new wireless home network and connect to it. Remember to enter your WEP key in the correct field on your computer.
Before the first computer connects the status screen will say “Ready to accept connections” as you can see below:
When the first computer connects that status message will change to “Connection Established”
Go ahead and test out your connection, we will wait right here! If your connection to your phone is flaky you might want to position the device better. Maybe move it closer to the window or somewhere it gets the most bars / best reception.
To disable your wireless home network you can hit the <em>Stop</em> button on the Wi-Fi Router’s main page like so:
If you know how to do this on the iPhone or on Android please hit us up in the comments. Do you have a better way to setup a wireless home network like this? Put us on and let us know!