Journal: Windows 7 as Virtual Wi-Fit Host

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Unfinished Windows 7 feature turns laptops into Wi-Fi hotspots

Ben Franklin-Funded Company, Nomadio, Finds a Windows 7 Niche

Free app lets iPhones, other devices connect to Internet via software-based router

By Gregg Keizer

October 29, 2009 06:22 PM ET

Computerworld – A Philadelphia developer has rooted out an unfinished feature of Windows 7 that turns any laptop into a wireless access point, allowing other Wi-Fi-enabled devices to share the connection without special software.

Gizis has used his Connectify-equipped Windows 7 laptop as a wireless access point for his Apple iPhone, for example, and to provide a wireless connection to multiple PCs when only one Ethernet jack was available.

“There are a lot of neat scenarios where this comes in handy,” he said. “For example, people can use a wireless printer without any setup, which usually requires that you first plug the [wireless] printer into the computer with a USB cable so it can select the network.”

Phi Beta Iota: Ham Radio operators were the original hackers, using home brew equipment to connect across the air waves without paying for access to public spectrum.  We’re headed back in that direction with bottom-up infrastructure-independent clouds.