Share Internet Connection Windows 7, Set up Wireless ad hoc Network

You can setup an ad hoc network between computers and devices to share internet connection, sharing documents, etc. Ad hoc network can only be wireless, so your computer or device must be wireless capable in other words must have wireless adapter installed.

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You can share wireless internet connection from PC running Windows 7 without router. If you are using Internet on your Laptop Windows 7 installed and want to share internet connection with other wireless devices then you can setup ad hoc wireless network on Windows 7 to share internet connection with wireless devices like iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, PC, Mac, etc.


  • Click on “Start” button.
  • Type connection or network in search box.
  • Click on “Set up a connection or network” search result.


  • Scroll down a bit, select “Set up a wireless ad hoc (computer-to-computer) network” option.
  • Click “Next” button.

Click “Next” button again.


  • Enter Network name.
  • Select “No authentication (Open)” option from Security type options.
  • Check “Save this network” check box and hit “Next” button.

Click on “Turn on Internet connection sharing” to start sharing internet connection.

You will see this message, Internet connection sharing is enabled, hit the “Close” button.


Now test the internet connection, scan for wireless connection on your any WiFi capable device like iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Macbook, Windows Laptop, etc.

I have tested this shared wireless connection on different wireless devices like iPhone 4, Android Phone, PC and MacBook Pro. See screenshots below.

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Secure Wireless ad hoc Internet connection Windows 7

To secure your shared wireless internet connection,

  • click on “Start” button.
  • Type manage wireless in search box.
  • Click on “Manage wireless networks” search result.

You will see all available wireless networks.


Right-Click on the wireless network that you want to secure and select “Properties”.


On the next window click on “Security” tab, select the “Security type” and enter the “Security key”. Click OK button when done. Now anyone who will try to use this wireless internet connection first, he needs to enter security key.

see also:

Share internet connection Windows 8

Share Mac Internet Connection

even more in Windows 7 tips and tricks

25 comments… add one
arma9 October 31, 2010, 9:09 pm

try connectfy
its more simple

trickYguY November 2, 2010, 4:14 am

This is nice utility to share internet but, it doesn’t support all wireless adapters.

santosh November 11, 2010, 5:13 pm

Wats the range of this AD HOC network

Kiran Nirola November 18, 2010, 2:19 pm

make sure that your pc and its drivers are up to date and your phone wifi’s range is in within… it works man!!!

Kiran Nirola November 18, 2010, 2:17 pm

i have an android phone running 2.1 OS.
After setting up the ad hoc connection and connecting to it through phone i am unable to find the network that i have set up.
i am using xperia x10 mini.
recently i am using connectify and it works well. but to use this i need a connectify installer in each pc in wish to use….
thanks in advance….

PhillboyTMP October 17, 2011, 8:24 pm

Kiran Nirola,

If i not mistake,Android OS 2.1(Eclair) do not support ad hoc,only infrastructure access point network.
change ur android version,froyo or gingebread that fully support ad hoc,How.XDA-Developers have all u answer

raghav December 1, 2011, 6:43 pm

i am using galaxy s2 android 2.3 and i am using windows 7 ultimate on my pc with broad band connection but my phone is not detecting ad hoc connection.Help me please if u can

Quang Nguyen April 20, 2011, 9:15 pm

How to Turn on Internet Connection sharing? Help me please

christian456 October 21, 2011, 10:35 pm

my ipod touch 4g cant detect the adhoc network!! pls i need help… need quick reply!!

fatihyldz1 June 9, 2012, 4:02 pm

also my android device didn’t detect the wireless network.

dhen March 14, 2012, 6:11 am

i followed the instruction but it says Windows could not set up? why is that? tnx

fasteddie October 1, 2012, 11:08 pm

I am trying to follow the instructions for my windows 7 to iphone connection but my windows 7 ultimate does not have a choice for an ad hoc connection. I have tried every angle I know to find this option. I cannot find it anywhere. Wht do I do now?

araz October 31, 2012, 1:45 am

يمكن الحصول عليها

Monde February 1, 2013, 11:55 pm

what if *Set up a wireless ad hoc (computer-to-computer) network* does not appear on my computer, how can I connect?

gazelaaa February 21, 2013, 10:47 pm

thanks its work my iPhone 3g and tablet arnovaa thank so much

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