Ever landed up in a situation when you are using your mobile to chat with your loved one on WhatsApp and data runs out?
Now, there is no need to end those late night conversations any more.
If you have a laptop and have an internet connection active on it, we’ll tell you how to turn your Windows laptop or your desktop to a Wi-Fi router, without really having a router in place.
The Windows 7 and Windows 8 platforms are both rather unique.
Although they do not have graphical user interfaces completely dedicated to certain special functions, they both come with an array of features that are hidden.
To put facts straight, unless you are a power user, you would find it rather tough to make out which features are hidden where.
These features are generally great because they are pertaining to factors that can make the device work like a Wi-fi adapter, thus enabling internet connections to be shared.
There are a couple of softwares that can be used to do this:
- Connectify: The application is a great option to have handy if you are well acquainted with the ins and outs of Windows and its network settings. In other words if you are a power user and know where certain options are in Windows, or know what network terminology is like, then Connectify is like a God Seed for you. Just download the application and you can install the trial version with limited features for free. With the app, you can turn your device into a router. The pro version will give you the option to turn the device into a repeater or a wired wouter.
- Virtual Router: This software is for users with little or average knowledge of things. It is a very light software and has hardly any options in the interface. The application is completely free of cost and can be downloaded from the internet. It works perfectly with Windows 7 and 8 and you will be able to have a hassle free time setting the network up without seeing annoying ads. All that is required is to create a name for the network, select a type and key in a password. Then click on Start virtual router. Next, connect the mobile device to this network through Wi-Fi by first disabling data packs. Key in the password and you will be able to use your laptop or computer just like a router.
If you are well aware of how things work on Windows 7 then try creating an ad hoc network by going to Manage wireless Networks page.
The computer will be able to share internet if you check the box with the option that states “Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection”.
Windows 8 and 8.1 do not have all these options available so there are a lot of changes you will have to make on command prompt.
If you are not comfortable changing all this then Virtual Router Manager will be a better option for you.