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How do you let someone use your wireless network?


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December 20, 2012 7:58PM

put their computer in range,set to IEEE 802.1 or something on control panel corresponding to the server of your network and give them the password if there is one.


Let's assume the person you want to allow on your wireless network has a wireless network adapter in their computer.

Wireless networks are limited in range. There are several standards for wireless routers aka access points. Depending on your standard which is probably 802.11b or 802.11g for your home network the distance will vary. Also distances are increased for outdoor use because there are no signal obstructions.

Let me guess you are using 802.11g and say that the specification is 27 meters or about 90 feet indoors.

The steps to share your wireless connection should be fairly simple

· First have your friend click on the wireless icon in the system tray for Windows 7x

· A list of wireless networks that are in range will be displayed

· Click on the one that is yours and you will see an option to connect

· If you have a security key phrase assigned or a default security key they will have to enter it in the box that opens while trying to connect.

· If you forgot the network security key then right click on your wireless connection on your own commuter and select properties.

· When the properties box opens select show character in front of the Network security key to see the current key

· The steps are very similar for Vista but you may need to ask the question again with more specifics like your operating system version, and possibly your type of wireless network appliance.