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How to Convert a Laptop to a Router

When you have many computers and only one available modem, but you just need more network routers so that others can connect to the internet through it, you maybe want to convert a laptop to a router, and now we talk about the way to convert a laptop to a router. The steps are shown in the under place.

  1. Step 1: Enable Internet Connection Sharing on the Local Area Connection interface
  2. Step 2: Create a new ad-hoc wireless network
  3. Step 3: Connect to the new wireless network

Step 1: Enable Internet Connection Sharing on the Local Area Connection interface

Open the Control Panel and click on Network and Sharing Center. Make sure you are in icon view and not category view. Click on Change adapter settings in the left-hand menu.

change adapter setting

Right-click on Local Area Connection and choose Properties. Note that on some other sites state that you should right-click on Wireless Network Connection, but this would mean the wireless connection would be shared and all clients would have to connect via Ethernet.

find network properties

Click the Sharing tab and there is only one box labeled with the text: Allow other network users to connect through this computer's Internet connection. Then check the box.

check a box

Go to the dropdown options bar under Home networking connection after you check the box. You can select the wireless network connection you like for your wireless card at here.

select a sharing network

Click OK to close the properties window. After the above operations, a LAN connection will be created as a shared connection.

Step 2: Create a new ad-hoc wireless network

Go to Network and Sharing Center window, find and click the option called Set up a new connection or network.

set up a new network

In the coming window, find and click the option called Setup a wireless ad-hoc (computer-to-computer) network.

choose connection option

Click next and then name after your network.

name your network

Attention: This name will be the SSID for the network that other users will see on their computers. For Security type, choose None authentication and ignore the Security key textbox.

Last but not least, make sure to check the Save this network box. Click Next to finish this operation.

Step 3: Connect to shared network

Find the shared network and choose it to connect. You should connect automatically without any issues. Open IE or any other browser that you currently use. Find and click the option called Internet Options which usually listed in the toolbar located in the right-top of the window.

config internet set

Click on the Connections tab and then click LAN Settings.

find LAN settings

In the LAN settings window, the box called Automatically detect settings will likely be checked automatically, so make sure to uncheck this box. Then click OK.

uncheck the box

After this operation, you can enjoy the internet.

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