June 29, 2010 3:28 AM
by Ed Blankenship
One of my pet peeves is places who charge for Wi-Fi internet access. Another pet peeve in the same basket is those who make me pay for each device that I want to connect. Even though more and more locations are starting to offer free Wi-Fi access, I can’t solve the first one. However, I can attempt to solve the second problem scenario and here’s how…
I pay for internet access on my Windows 7 laptop and then use Connectify to create a virtual Wi-Fi hotspot. What is this Connectify, you ask?
A Windows 7 feature called Virtual Wi-Fi didn’t end up making the cut line for the final release. We’ll see if it makes it into a future version of Windows. The cool thing is that the plumbing for that feature did make it into Windows 7 and that’s where Connectify steps in. You can basically use your Wi-Fi card to create another ad-hoc network that can then be used to share your internet connection. This even works whenever you are connected to a wireless network for that internet access. It’s super easy and it’s free.
The one catch is that you need to be running Windows 7 to make it all work. It works perfectly for most internet connections. I have noticed that it doesn’t work whenever I’m connected using my Verizon card but that’s the only time I’ve noticed an issue.
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Ed Blankenship is a Product Manager at Microsoft for Visual Studio Online. I am an author of a few books, former Microsoft MVP of the Year, and former ALM consultant. I hold Office Hours each week if you are interested in chatting.
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