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Connecting router to laptop for wifi from public hot spot

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February 12, 2012 2:09:34 PM

I live near several public hit spots. A geek told me I could configure my PC (XP) or laptop (Win 7) to act as a wifi receiver and connect that to my wireless router to distribute the Internet connection to my Blue-ray and other laptops. I can't figure out the correct steps to make it work. Anyone have a step-by-step guide to how this is done?
a b D Laptop
February 12, 2012 6:50:45 PM

You can bridge the network connections either in Windows 7 or Windows XP between the hot spot adapter and the LAN wireless adapter.
February 27, 2012 4:35:06 PM

RealBeast said:
You can bridge the network connections either in Windows 7 or Windows XP between the hot spot adapter and the LAN wireless adapter.



Thanks. I have been told that by a geek at Best Buy, and he made it sound easy. However, I have been unable to figure out how to do it in Win XP or in Win 7. Do you know where I can get a step-by-step for this? I'm an electronics expert, but have limited knowledge when it comes to computers.
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February 27, 2012 4:41:30 PM

What if i just buy a repeater and connect it to the input of my wireless router via the LAN ports? Then I would have a strong signal without tyeing up any computers and be able to feed my Blueray. Will that work?

Also, am I at risk by using this Public Hot Spot? I would hope that my WEP router provides the necessary security, correct?

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a b D Laptop
February 27, 2012 8:49:49 PM
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jimafm said:
Thanks. I have been told that by a geek at Best Buy, and he made it sound easy. However, I have been unable to figure out how to do it in Win XP or in Win 7. Do you know where I can get a step-by-step for this? I'm an electronics expert, but have limited knowledge when it comes to computers.


It is very very easy to do in Windows 7: http://helpdeskgeek.com/windows-7/bridge-network-connec...

Here is a guide to bridges in XP: http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/window...


a b D Laptop
February 27, 2012 8:51:53 PM

jimafm said:
What if i just buy a repeater and connect it to the input of my wireless router via the LAN ports? Then I would have a strong signal without tyeing up any computers and be able to feed my Blueray. Will that work?

Also, am I at risk by using this Public Hot Spot? I would hope that my WEP router provides the necessary security, correct?

I don't think that the repeater will work.

If you bridge a public network to an internal private network, you need to treat the internal network as public.

WEP is not very secure, WPA/WPA2 would be preferred.
March 8, 2012 2:09:36 AM

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March 8, 2012 2:09:41 AM

Thanks a lot. It works great!
a b D Laptop
March 8, 2012 9:52:58 AM

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