Share and share alike

Preamble

In Thailand residences, the network access is normally via building-wide Wi-Fi, and you are given a username and password and can only connect one device at a time – unless you pay for another Wi-Fi account (around 500-700 Baht/month). However, what do you do if you, like most people, have more than one device. It is somewhat of a pain to keep on having to log off on one device and then log on with another device, each time you need to swap laptop/tablet/phone/etc.

Obviously the way to do it is to connect to the Wi-Fi with a laptop, share that Wi-Fi point through the laptop’s Ethernet to your LAN. Easily done on a Mac. However, your tablets and phones (and other wireless devices, without access to Ethernet) will still be left out in the cold. So you then need to share the Ethernet  on to your own private Wi-Fi network. Here is how to do it on a subsequent spare Windows 7 laptop

Links

Method

The batch files

netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=BinkLaptop key=ChangeMe09
netsh wlan start hostednetwork
  1. Open the Network Connections Control Panel, or run ncpa.cpl
  2. Select the Ethernet connection -> Properties -> Sharing
  3. Check the checkbox “Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s internet connection”, (just hit the ‘n’ key)
  4. Select the Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter (it is listed using its alias “Wireless Network Connection X”)
  5. Hit OK
  6. Select the Wireless Network Connection X -> Properties
  7. Uncheck everything except IPv4
  8. Hit OK
  9. Run the batch file

 

Connectify

A friend recommended Connectify, see Connectify Hotspot 2017, as an alternative to Windows built in connection sharing. I have not had the chance to try it yet.

 

 

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