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Making your laptop into a WiFi spot
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Bushbuck

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PostPosted: Thu 04 Feb 2016, 00:07    Post subject:  Making your laptop into a WiFi spot
Subject description: Is this a sensible idea?
 

I know my laptop can do WiFi, because I used it in my sister's house.

Currently my web access is through a USB dongle ("3g broadband") plugged into the laptop.

Is it possible to share the connection with other WiFi-aware devices (a netbook and tablet), by running something on the laptop?

I also wondered if it was possible to get a WiFi repeater device that you could plug a USB dongle into. Have not succeeded in looking one up.

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watchdog

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PostPosted: Thu 04 Feb 2016, 03:29    Post subject:  

I had success doing this with slacko 5.6:

http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=93449&sid=b3c1ed6a23f83e9e79487de3f3789a83

Later puppies not tested.
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PostPosted: Thu 04 Feb 2016, 12:48    Post subject:  

Thanks, watchdog. That looks good.
Bookmarked, and will have a go later.

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PostPosted: Thu 04 Feb 2016, 16:12    Post subject:  

@Bushbuck. Is this the sort of thing you are looking for? Please remember, I'm in the UK; but I assume this sort of device is almost universally available. Probably cheaper overseas, too!
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Zoom-3G-Wireless-N-Travel-Router/dp/B002SXMH12/ref=

Also: http://www.amazon.co.uk/TP-LINK-TL-MR3020-Portable-Wireless-Router/dp/B00634PLTW/ref=
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Bushbuck

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PostPosted: Thu 04 Feb 2016, 16:20    Post subject:  

Thanks, Fossil.
That sounds like the right sort of thing -- I wasn't sure if it existed.

I'm UK too; should fill in my profile a bit better.

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PostPosted: Thu 04 Feb 2016, 16:35    Post subject:  

Glad to help. If you do go down that route (No pun intended!) perhaps you could please post your findings? This might help others in the same predicament.
My broadband has been down for a week! Localized flooding! Sad So I'm currently 'experimenting' with a Huawei E3533 'dongle' from Argos! Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Thu 04 Feb 2016, 17:57    Post subject:  

Hello @BushBuck

This is an excellent idea and useful one. So one has a router in one room but service in another room is weak. A laptop/PC could be an intermediary to boosting the Wifi signal for others.

There have been various approaches to doing so. In 2015, one PUP contributor, @Rcrsn51 produced one but it was never made public. You may want to PM him; reference this thread's request. It may be applicable.

Hope that helps.

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PostPosted: Thu 04 Feb 2016, 21:08    Post subject:  

Try the shareinternet pet:
http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=37520

I was able to use it to share via a cat 5 cable in tahrpup. I think you can also use it to share via wireless.
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PostPosted: Thu 04 Feb 2016, 22:37    Post subject:  

Thanks s243a, another one bookmarked.

Meanwhile, I killed my web connection somehow. Very Happy
Reverted to backed-up tahrsave for another go.

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PostPosted: Fri 05 Feb 2016, 01:48    Post subject:  

Fossil wrote:
@Bushbuck. Is this the sort of thing you are looking for? Please remember, I'm in the UK; but I assume this sort of device is almost universally available. Probably cheaper overseas, too!
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Zoom-3G-Wireless-N-Travel-Router/dp/B002SXMH12/ref=

Also: http://www.amazon.co.uk/TP-LINK-TL-MR3020-Portable-Wireless-Router/dp/B00634PLTW/ref=


I have experimented with the Fly-Link 3G 300Mbps Wireless Router. I have it. It needs to be inserted a usb internet dongle. The problem is that some providers do not permit the connection by a 3G router. The slacko 5.6 wireless hotspot surely works in these cases as an alternative.
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PostPosted: Fri 05 Feb 2016, 02:11    Post subject:  

I did wonder about providers, and also about security. The dongle-->router contraptions do talk about making it secure, which I like.

I had enough badness with dongles and Ubuntu 12.04. Sad

Luckily there's no urgency with this one.

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Atle

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PostPosted: Wed 10 Feb 2016, 16:50    Post subject:  

I have always dreamed of such a puppy whereas one can in the pre boot menu as you can choose "ram only" and or "no savefile" etc a choice where you can boot as a wifi hotspot. And if you then connect a mobile internet device or a lan, it will share it automatically.

This could be fun as it brings new possibilities to puppyland and even the world as no one has done this.

You can then:

Install a webserver and have your own local non internet website with various services like neigbour chat and all the goodis that such thing as joomla, drupal and what not can offer.

- Cooperate with other censoring social things,

- Make alarm system for your neigbourhood in case the C.R.I.B.S or others are seen:-)

Try to catch the attention of that gorgeous girl across the street with a awesome name of you hotspot and honeypot here:-)

Spread puppy linux in your local neigbourhood



Install a gameserver and play games with your neigbourhood buddies or even make new friends. Play chess or whatever with anyone that can log on to you Wlan network server

I bet there are more ideas as for commercial ones as local services that are NOT on the internet, but just as far as your wlan goes.

I always wanted this, but it got to be for "dummies" in order to have a broader audience.

The setup can be more or less like the setup in puppy and you choose name for your hotspot and no terminal stuff.

But it should be a ISO made specially for this...

For many years i have begged for this to come and other distroes got it somehow, but they are not as broadminded as puppyland on how it can be used.

And remember one thing,,, the day or if internet goes down, YOU will be the solution for many thing and especially if one can use laptops or other PCs to make Wlan networks that bridges.

dont take internet for granted. One day it might be down and then what?
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PostPosted: Fri 12 Feb 2016, 20:36    Post subject:  

For Puppy the definitive, comprehensive solution is "RouterMaker" developed by forum member rcrsn51.
Get it here -
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=843950
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