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How to use my computer as a wireless access point

By snowman77 ·
Hi, I live in an apartment complex where they only give 1 computer access to their wireless internet, and I live with other people that have computers and they alll have wireless cards for their computer. I want to know how I could use, just my computer, if it is possible, to act as a wireless access point distributing internet to the other computers in my apartment. If this is at all possible, please let me know how I can do this, and if it is not possible with just my computer, then what do I need to get, hardware, to be able to.
Thank you so much,
Mark

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A Cautionary Note

by TheChas In reply to How to use my computer as ...

Just a cautionary note.

While there are ways to share a connection, read your rental and wire-less agreements carefully before you take any action to share the connection.

Why?

Depending on the terms of your agreement and how carefully the apartment managers check on things, you could loose your connection or even your lease for connecting to additional computers.

I assume that for an additional fee per computer you can connect more computers. If so, that would be the right thing to do.

Chas

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by kevinmwolf In reply to A Cautionary Note

So, did you actually have an answer to share?

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The Windows program called Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)

by robo_dev In reply to How to use my computer as ...

does this very thing.

There are also other programs such as Kerio Winroute that do the same thing, although they work a lot better, but cost money. With Winroute (or ICS) you need two interfaces (e.g. two WLAN adapters, or one wired and one wireless).

It is trivial to monitor and intercept WLAN signals. If your facility only allows one PC, then the sudden appearance of a wireless network with a bunch of clients is a very big obvious sign that someone is using more than one computer. It's also fairly trivial to monitor your network data stream, and if it's not properly firewalled, it would be obvious that you have more than one computer on your wireless connection.

If you want to share the connection and not get caught, then you install Winroute and setup the secondary network to be a wired ethernet network.

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