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Configure WIFI in Windows Vista to act as access point - plug hub into ethernet

I am wanting to configure my media pc (which has wifi and ethernet) to run the wifi as an access point which I can plug into via my ethernet port. (or extend by plugging a hub into my ethernet)  The point is I need to put my  TV, DVD player and NAS on the network.

I have tried configuring an ethernet bridge but have found it unreliable.

Years ago I had an asus boad that advertised being able to configure the wifi as an access point.

Is this possible with standard equipment?   The wifi is a Dlink DWA-547.  The ethernet port is a standard intel.    Any suggestions on how best to configure or any software to use?
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I would personally buy a 30 $ wifi router this will plug into Ethernet and it will  give you 4 Ethernet jacks and secure wifi.  Home routers are easy to setup and more secure than using a windows pc for a wireless access point.

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How would a router work?  I would think I would need a repeater.   I have tried 3 repeaters and for whatever reason have had no luck.  Security is not an issue.


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Most routers have a Internet port and LAN ports.  the LAN ports are a switch and connect to the Internet through the wan port.  The device  also allows the connected wifi devices to also act as they were wired to the LAN ports.  All devices can see each other, share files and access the internet through 1 wired connection.  Which seems is what you are trying to do With he pc.

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this would require a modem or phone line to be plugged in which is not close to the devices?
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If you want to turn your WiFi enabled Vista machine to an AP, you should employ a technology called "Virtual WiFi".  This is a Microsoft project.

Have a look here - http://www.vistaheads.com/forums/microsoft-public-de-windows-vista-registry/341826-microsoft-research-virtual-wifi.html

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thanks for reading the question properly before responding!! :)