There are many people who want to know how to setup their PC as an access point. However, most people would not even know where to begin. This is because most people understand that wireless routers usually do all the hard work. However, it is very possible to setup your PC as an access point for your home computers, and it is even easier if you are using Windows 7.
If you want to setup your PC as an access point then you will need a dedicated wireless adapter. That means if you currently access the internet through a wireless adapter on your computer then you will need to purchase another wireless adapter to install on your computer. It usually doesn’t matter which wireless adapter you use, but the one with the best range is the one that you will want to use for this project. For example, if you have a Windows 7 Wireless-N adapter and a Wireless-G adapter then the Windows 7 Wireless-N adapter would be the best candidate when you setup your PC as an access point.
In Windows 7, you will need to go to the “Connect To” option in your start menu. If you don’t see this option then you will need to go to the control panel to locate the option that allows you to connect to networks or make new connections. When you see the option that allows you to make new connection then you would simply read the on-screen instructions and choose the Windows 7 ad-hoc option.
A Windows 7 ad-hoc connections shows up and acts like a normal wireless router. However, there are many problems that you can run into. Sometimes, devices such as the PS3 will have a hard time connecting to a Windows 7 ad-hoc connection if you can even get it to connect at all. In this case, you may do better to simply create a network connection that will allow your PS3 to connect directly to the computer through an Ethernet cable or through a type of connection that is designed for just the two devices, the PC and the PS3.