share my wifi with other users?

Using Windows 7.

Hi guys,
I was recently in a hotel where they sell internet PER DEVICE, is there anyway for future trips to get the internet on my laptop and also configure my network card to be a Router for other laptops in the room?

so i will be getting the internet from hottel Access Point using my laptop wifi and i want to setup a internal network so others can also use the internet.

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It is possible (although often against the usage policy of the hotel) to do this.

You simply setup "Internet Connection Sharing" as follows:

Control Panel/Network and Internet/Network Connections

Right-click on "Local Area Connection" and select Properties. Under the sharing tab turn on "Allow other network users to connect through this computer's Internet connection"

This will create a simple network and you can connect your other devices together using a mini hub/switch and the Windows 7 machine will assign IP addresses to the other device automatically.

You MUST remember to disable this BEFORE connecting the Local Area Connection port to any other network (home or office) as it will cause problems!

Raul77Author Commented:
Philetaylor: Thanks for the reply, i should have mentioned i knew this could be done with a mini travel router, is there anyway to do it without it?
Yes you don't need any router to do this, the Windows 7 machine works as a simple NAT Router. You will need some way to connect all of the devices together though, either a small hub or if you only want to share with one other machine then a cross-over cable could be used to connect the LAN port of your Windows 7 machine with the shared machine.

It isn't possible to do this totally over wireless unless you have 2 wireless cards, one to connect to the hotel network and one to work as a shared connection.

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If you did not want to use 2 network cards you could also create a PAN (Personal Area Network) using bluetooth. I have done this before using a Cell Phone as a relay when my companies offices lost Internet access.

Be careful, because I manage a system just like this. And what happens when we allow connections, is we store a cookie inside the persons browser, and that gets checked against there mac address as well as there IP and access code. So if any of these are not present upon connection, it will be refused.

But to be honnest, you will probably be fine internet sharing.

You should invest in a travel router. Linksys have one and its really handy.
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