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I have HTC Desire and I use different Wi-Fi networks with it, but I don't have mobile internet access. My laptop is usually connected via a mobile modem.

Is there a way to share the laptop's internet access via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth?

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  • This seems like a question for Super User, as it's about computers and not necessarily about gadgets.
    – Kyle Cronin
    Jul 15 '10 at 5:49
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    I think it is suitable for both sites, but I imagine that it would be turned down there as well, because I mention a device specifically and that would be considered device specific question, thus it is out scope there, because the emphasis is on the device and not the PC. :)
    – gyurisc
    Jul 15 '10 at 5:59
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    @Kyle: as a Super User mod I would vote for keeping gadget questions here, even if they interface with a computer
    – Ivo Flipse
    Jul 15 '10 at 6:37
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    @Ivo If you take away the fact that he wants to use it with his phone, this isn't a gadget question at all. This could just as well be one computer sharing its internet via wifi with another computer.
    – Kyle Cronin
    Jul 15 '10 at 6:48
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Lorenz Blog has an article which explains how to set up a Wireless Hosted Network specifically on Windows 7.

To do so, the easiest way is to install either Virtual Router or Connectify

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(source: londatiga.net)

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(source: londatiga.net)

These programs will set up your computer to pass through the Wi-Fi connection

Then on the Android device:

  • Go to Settings -> Wireless & networks -> Wi-Fi Settings
  • Open Advance settings menu
  • Tick the Use static IP option
  • Enter your desired IP address (ex: 192.168.2.2) into IP Address field
  • Enter your IPV4 Address (ex. 192.168.2.1) into Gateway field
  • Enter 255.255.255.0 into Netmask field
  • Enter your internet connection’s DNS server (use ipconfig /all command to get DNS info) into DNS 1 and DNS 2. As an alternative, you can use Google Public DNS: 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4
  • Connect to Wi-Fi using your password
  • Disable and Enable Wi-Fi (in case if it won’t connect)
  • Check the connection using browser or other application.
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  • Note these steps may not work on every computer and every Android device. Please vote down if it DOESN'T work for you and mention your setup.
    – Ivo Flipse
    Jul 15 '10 at 6:45
  • actually this steps will work if your pc hardware supports connectify. If your android has wifi capability; there is no reason why not to connect to wireless access point.
    – bbaja42
    Feb 16 '11 at 0:05

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