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Rebroadcasting wifi from my laptop?

Asked by XOIIO (18320points) December 23rd, 2009

I don’t always have the wifi connected in my house, and can pick up another network on my laptop. The problem is that my ipad can’t pick it up, and sometimes I need to use that. I need a way to be able to rebroadcast the wifi that I pick up on my laptop so that my ipod could pick it up. I would like a fair range so I could have my laptop running and I can walk around my house with my ipod. I was also wondering if there was a way to hook up to a password protected network (Mine, of course) and rebroadcast it without a password, or one that I choose so that friends could use it but not have the main wifi password. Any help is appreciated.

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csimme01's avatar

I think to do what you want to do you would need two wifi devices in your laptop.
The first one would be set up as a standard wifi connection to your or your neighbors wireless connection. The second device would then be set up as an “Ad Hoc” or computer to computer connection to the ipod. You would then enable internet connection sharing on the laptop and your ipod would be able to use the n otebook as a passthrough to the internet. I don’t know if you can do the same thing with more than one device at the same time. There might be some way to do it with one wireless card but I have never seen it done.

XOIIO's avatar

Anything that I could do without opening up my laptop? There doesn’t look to be much room anyway.

csimme01's avatar

You don’t have to open it up. Just buy a USB wireless adapter like this.
not a recommendation, just an example
Set it up and then plug it in when you need it.
I THINK this will work but I have never tried it.
—translation: If you spend money and it won’t work don’t yell at me ;^)—

XOIIO's avatar

Yeah, unfortunately that dowsn;t support windows 7 :(

csimme01's avatar

But there are many such devices and I am sure you can find one that will run under Win. 7

Breefield's avatar

If you had a Mac…

jerv's avatar

I think something like Connectify would do the trick. It’s free and runs under Windows 7 (only).

csimme01's avatar

@jerv That is some awsome software! I was ready to install but…

XOIIO's avatar

If I had a mac… I couldn’t play games. program batch files, and many other things.

Windows 7 only! LOL now the tables are turned! I’m going to try it out.

XOIIO's avatar

OH MY GOD THANK YOU! IT WORKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can’t say how happy I am!

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