Whether it’s to use your smart phone, tablet, laptop or some other device, trying to find free Internet can sometimes be a challenge when you’re traveling.
Instead of wasting time waiting for an Internet hotspot to pop up within range, or buying a 3G/4G subscription for each device you own, you can actually create your own hot spot for more than one device.
Wireless Hosted Network in Windows
Windows 7 and 8 offer a new WLAN feature — the wireless Hosted Network. It is also supported on Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2008 R2 with the Wireless LAN Service installed.
This feature works like a virtual wireless router. To accomplish this, you’ll need a 3G/4G adaptor. Just plug it in to your Windows 7 device and make sure you can browse the Internet and then set up your hosted wireless network.
Share Internet Connection Via Your Mobile Phone
Some mobile phones with an Internet connection can also work like a wireless router that shares a connection to multiple Wi-Fi devices. If you have the Internet on your mobile phone, there is a chance you can use it to create a hotspot, however, not all phones offer the same functionality.
You’ll need to check your specific phone model and operating system. For instance, the Android-powered Nexus One can work as a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to 8 devices.
The iPhone 4 supports USB and Bluetooth tethering, and there are a number of third party apps that can help you create your own Wi-Fi hotspot like Walking HotSpot and WMWifiRouther which let you share Wi-Fi for Windows Mobile and other phones.
If you are a frequent traveler and are looking for a more permanent answer to Internet connectivity while on the road, look at purchasing a mobile 3G or 4G router.
These devices are much like regular wireless routers but you don’t have to plug it into your cable or DSL modem. Instead, you insert your 3G/4G adapter. For one that is really mobile, look for a built-in battery.
There are other options like downloading a third-part GUI, or manually creating and managing a wireless hosted network, but for those who like to live life as uncomplicated as possible and just want Internet while on the run, the above options should work well.