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Create a WiFi Hotspot Without A Smart Pocket WiFi
It might be cool to think that you can a be walking WiFi hotspot. This is the idea being sold by SMART using its Smart Pocket WiFi - a small gadget that can let 5 gadgets connect to the internet by creating a WiFi network.
It's just a waste of money and energy if you purchase another device for a function that can be done by your laptop or phone.
In the office, my co-teachers often refer to me as a walking WiFi hotspot because I create a WiFi network for them to connect to. I do not do this using a Smart Pocket WiFi or any similar product.
How to Create a WiFi Hotspot Using Your Laptop or Netbook
So now you're asking how to be a walking WiFi hotspot without the use of a Smart Pocket WiFi and I have to answer that. I will, of course. Follow these steps:
- Open the Network and Sharing Center of your computer and click Set up a new connection or network.
- Scroll down and choose the option Set up a wireless adhoc network.
- Click the next button and enter the name of the WiFi network that you want and enter a password.
- Click the Turn on Internet Connection Sharing button at the bottom of the window.
That's it! You've just created a WiFi network and people can now connect to it and enjoy surfing the internet. Need a more detailed guide? I have another post for you entitled How to Share Smartbro Internet Connection.
Using this method, only laptops and netbooks can connect to your WiFi network. This leads me to another method of creating a WiFi network using your available devices. This time, it's your Android phone.
How to Create a WiFi Hotspot Using Your Android Phone
Many people own an Android phone and you might have yours too. If your phone is running Android 4.0 and up, you can create a WiFi hotspot that allows laptops, netbooks, cellphones and tablets to connect with.
- Open the Settings and tap the More option below the Data Usage.
- Tap the Tethering & portable hotspot option.
- Tap to check the Portable Wi-Fi hotspot option.
- Tap the Configure Wi-Fi hotspot option and enter your desired name and password of your WiFi network.
- Tap save and you're finished.
I've tested this method and successfully created a WiFi hotspot using my Cherry Mobile Flare which is running using Android 4.0.2 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Do You Really Need a Smart Pocket WiFi?
For me, no. Sorry Smart, Globe and CD-R King.
I just don't have the need for it because its function can be performed by my Lenovo S10-3 netbook or Cherry Mobile Flare S100.
How about you? Have you purchased the Smart Pocket WiFi? Do you love it or hate it after reading this article?
Okay, we now have a WiFi network but we don't have an internet connection!
Of course, all of these steps can create a WiFi hotspot but there is no internet connection.
If you use the adhoc WiFi network, you must have a Smartbro broadband stick that has internet connection. You don't have to buy a Smart Pocket WiFi to share that internet connection.
On the other hand, Android WiFi teethering will work even if you have no internet connection. To access the internet using that WiFi network, your phone must have internet connection.
Using these methods can still give your a WiFi hotspot without spending for a pocket WiFi.