Tethering your Windows 7 device


Windows TetheringFollowing controversial articles in which I mentioned the juggernaut (otherwise known as they-who-shall-not-be-named) I have had this odd feeling I am being followed. Art was never one of my strong suits but I did try to make a sketch of the guy here. So until the disguise I ordered from Amazon is shipped I will stick to neutral articles. In case you are confounded by my choice of disguise. I should confess I am a fan of Two and Half Man ( I got this show legally from thepiratebay.se) and Charlie Sheen so inspired me.

Now to the matter at hand: Various ISPs and IAPs offer the option of a portable and mobile WiFi modem that you can use to connect a number of devices to the internet. It is possible however to tether one of your own devices for example a laptop connected to the internet. And contrary to popular belief: Windows does have a command line shell-cmd. My bounty of $50 000 for the guy who removed the telnet utility from Vista upwards is still good but I divagate.

  • Open the run box by pressing: Windows Button+R
  • Type cmd and press enter
  • In the shell enter the following command and press enter: netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=network_name key=network_key

N.B Replace network_name and network_key with your desired network name and key respectively.

  • Now to start the network type the command: netsh wlan start hostednetwork
  • To stop the network use the command:netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=disallow ssid=network_name key=network_key
  • Open network connections and select network_name, right click on it and select the sharing tab.
  • In the sharing tab check the Allow other users to connect to the internet using my computer.

It is that simple! If you keep this up for our next article we will be looking at how you can compile your own GNU toolchain. Who knows maybe you will be the new team leader for the grep and awk projects the last guy just quit! Goodluck handling St Stallman.

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