Create Windows 7 Hotspots

Windows 7 has an awesome utility called netsh that allows you to create wifi networks, even if you’re already connected to a wifi network on the same interface, which is actually slightly better than the same feature on OS X. If you don’t want to play with the command-line, there’s a handy utility called Connectify that makes creating a wifi hotspot from your Windows 7 box a breeze. This was one of the things I missed most about my Mac laptops.

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I’m in a foreign country, but an Android phone hotspot of 1GB max for up to 1 month duration is $17. With a 3G modem and $66 a month you get “unlimited” download. That’s what our home hotspot is running on, but “unlimited” means about 15GB a month.
If money is a real problem one can still check emails and a few pages with daily plans of 10MB for 66c.
We still believe it is too expensive.

If you’re an iPhone man (and you happen to not be in a foreign country), you can use MyWi to do the same thing. It’s available in Cydia after you jailbreak for $9.99.

Best $10 I’ve ever spent. It enables USB and Bluetooth tethering, and it can act as a WiFi access point to provide internet access. It can also provide minimal WEP security, and keeps a running tally of tethered data usage when you’re using it.

Drains the battery something fierce, but works like a champ.

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