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PC a Hotspot

By aztecaa
Feb 19, 2014
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  1. I have a long range usb internet connection setup on my PC. How can I make my PC a hotspot so I can connect my iPhone wireless through it.
    Thanks
    Parabolic Antenna connected by cable-- to external realtek 8187 adapter connected by USB - to PC by USB.
    I share my internet with a friend who has the equipment.
     
  2. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 3,479   +624

    What OS? If WIn7:

    Right-click on the adaptor in Network Adapters, click 'sharing', 'share' it with the wifi adapter. Create new ad-hoc wifi connection, set it to saved, connect to it with PC. Then connect iPhone to the ad-hoc network.

    This is assuming you have wifi on the computer. There's also a couple other ways to do this.
     
  3. aztecaa

    aztecaa TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks! Is there a better way, since you said there are several ways.
    I just set up a security system that has option to view through internet.
    Would I need to buy a router to do this or have it connect through the PC and leave it on all the time. Thanks again. Someone mentioned using a switch, not sure what that is.
     
  4. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 3,479   +624

    Yeah, you can use a switch and connect up multiple things to it (it's like a router). But the problem is, that your PC needs to be on for your household to have Internet connection, since you're connected via an antenna? Correct?

    If you can change it so that antenna goes to a router, you can then just have everything connect to this router.
     
  5. aztecaa

    aztecaa TS Rookie Topic Starter

    What kind of switch do you recommend! I buy alot thru amazon. I appreciate the help. Thanks.
     
  6. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 3,479   +624

    Just some cheap Netgear one will do.
     
  7. aztecaa

    aztecaa TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Since the router is at my friends house and I am connected thru long range usb cable to him via wifi, I watched a couple of videos and they have the router going to the switch. Do I need to go from PC with ethernet cable to a switch and then plug into my DVR security camera system?
     
  8. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 3,479   +624

    You should probably ask your friend, he probably knows about the setup more. I'd say you could use a USB adaptor to plug directly into another switch..
     


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