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caffy
07-06-2012, 01:27 PM
Hi,

Asking this on behalf of a friend who recently acquired a wifi-only iPad 2. She has a laptop running Windows 7, and uses 2degrees USB modem for internet access.

I looked on the internet to make the laptop a wifi hotspot, and enable the iPad to access internet this way. One suggestion was to set up an ad-hoc network. I tried turning it on, and setting up a network name, and password. We could see that network on the iPad under wifi, but when entering in the password a small window pops up saying error connecting - no other details.

As per the suggestion instructions, I made sure the 2degrees stick was enabled for sharing by other users...restarted laptop, and iPad too.

Where are we going wrong?

She can't get 2degrees' share data thing as the USB stick is on prepay.

Is there another way to do this? We would greatly appreciate something easy to follow (as she is no IT expert), as I would be emailing through to her the instructions as not sure when I will next see her.

Thanks in advance!

Speedy Gonzales
07-06-2012, 01:31 PM
You could try this. (http://www.connectify.me/) But the free version is pretty limited

caffy
07-06-2012, 01:36 PM
With that, I would need to pick the 3g/4g option, or ethernet/wifi option?

Speedy Gonzales
07-06-2012, 01:53 PM
3g / 4g option I think. I dont use it myself. I dont think you'll choose ethernet. Since youre not using a cable

caffy
07-06-2012, 01:58 PM
Shame the 3g/4g option isn't free :(

pcuser42
07-06-2012, 02:23 PM
Try this (http://virtualrouter.codeplex.com/). Used it to get my Windows Phone online at my aunt's place a while ago. :thumbs:

Alex B
07-06-2012, 05:19 PM
http://www.trademe.co.nz/computers/networking-modems/wireless-networking/routers/auction-482137199.htm personally i'd get something like that to save the mucking around. Also means if shes out and about with the ipad it doesn't mean lugging a laptop around to get broadband.

pcuser42
07-06-2012, 05:22 PM
http://www.trademe.co.nz/computers/networking-modems/wireless-networking/routers/auction-482137199.htm personally i'd get something like that to save the mucking around.

It's bugger all effort to set up Windows 7 as a hotspot ;)

Alex B
07-06-2012, 06:01 PM
Maybe so, but it's hardly a convenient solution.

caffy
08-07-2012, 04:33 PM
http://www.trademe.co.nz/computers/networking-modems/wireless-networking/routers/auction-482137199.htm personally i'd get something like that to save the mucking around. Also means if shes out and about with the ipad it doesn't mean lugging a laptop around to get broadband.

So sorry for late reply! Sidetracked with other things.

I have suggested she looks into something like this, thank you! You're right this would be useful when she is out and about.