You can use a wireless network (WLAN) to share Internet access, files, printers, game consoles, and other devices between all the computers in your home. Typically, we can setup a wireless network by purchasing wireless routers available in the market (e.g. Linksys, D-link, and Cisco). In some cases, like if you don’t want to buy a wireless router or if you want to connect your phone temporarily for internet access, you can set up a temporary wireless network without a router using an ad hoc network setup.
In this post, I am going to share to you how to setup a wireless network without buying a wireless router by using Connectify Lite application. During the testing I used smartbro prepaid modem to access the internet and successfully shared the connection to my samsung galaxy y android device. But before anything else, you must have the following basic requirements.
What you’ll need to set up your wireless network?
- An operating system that supports wireless networking
Windows 7 operating system fully supports wireless networking. A specific service pack of Windows Vista and Windows XP is recommended by Microsoft as stated here. In this article I am used Windows 7.
- A broadband (DSL or cable) Internet connection (including smartbro prepaid or globe tattoo prepaid modem)
Again, I used my smartbro prepaid modem. (Suggestions: if you are also using smartbro prepaid, you better subscribe to unlimited surf promo. You can avail the UNLISURF 50 and send it to 2200 for unlimited 1 day.)
- A computer with built-in wireless networking support or a wireless network adapter
If you have newer laptop/desktop, you may already have built-in wireless capabilities. If this is the case, you don’t need a wireless network adapter. To check whether your computer has a wireless support installed or not:
Click Start → Control Panel → Device Manager, expand Network Adapters. If you see any of these words listed, “Wireless,” “WLAN,” “Wi-Fi,” “802.11a,” “802.11b,” “802.11g,” or “802.11n,” your computer has wireless capability installed.
Setup Ad-Hoc Network using Connectify Lite
Step 1: Download and install Connectify Lite Installer – this application is a freeware. In case, you may be prompted for problem with your operating system during installation. Please continue and ignore error regarding service pack. The installation requires a reboot.
Step 2: Run your modem. Make sure you can access the internet.
Step 3: For successful installation, run Connectify. You will see something like this:
Input the desired name of your Hotspot name/network name. In my case, Connectify-centurybrains.
If you are connected to the internet connectify will automatically detects your modem and will be listed in Internet to Share select box, please select your modem. As you can see below it automatically detect my smartbro modem.
In the advance settings set Share Over select box to Wi-Fi, and Sharing Mode to Wi-Fi, Access Point, Encrypted (WPA2) (recommended) respectively. Fill-up your password. Start broadcasting by clicking Clickstart Hotspot. You should see something like this.
Step 4: In your samsung galaxy y device, navigate to settings → wireless and network settings → wifi-settings. Turn it on and you should see the SSID that you’ve created. Connect to the network by submitting your password.
Please note that, you can monitor devices connected to your network in Clients Tab. This setup is not just applicable to android device but also to any wireless devices as well as most of the internet modem.