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Transfer PC Internet Connection to iPhone

An iPhone can be used as a tethered modem that may be connected to your computer wirelessly or with a USB cable. This will allow you to share your computer's internet connection with your iPhone for improved connectivity.

This article will teach you how to share your computer's internet connection with your mobile phone. To do this, you will need a windows operating system, LAN internet connection, and WiFi card.

N.B. This article is specific to creating an ad hoc network for an Apple device (i.e. iPhone, iPad, or iPod) using a Windows computer.

Share Internet Connection with Your Phone

There are three steps involved in creating an ad hoc network: creating your network base, enabling LAN sharing, and connecting your devices to your network.

Creating an Ad Hoc Network

Creating an ad hoc network (WLAN) will allow you to exchange files, share printers, or share internet access.

The first step in creating your ad hoc network is to go to your Network and Sharing Center by going to Start > Network > Network and Sharing Center. Click the Manage Wireless Networks button located in the left bar. Then, click Add.

In the window that opens, select Create Ad Hoc Network, followed by Next. Then, choose a Network Name — this will be the SSID of the network that you are connecting to your device.

In the Security Type, select No authentication (Open). Finally, select Save this network, and click Next.

Let the utility work. If it asks you to share your connection, you should accept the request and proceed directly to Step 3. Otherwise, proceed to Step 2.

LAN Sharing

Now, we are going to instruct Windows to allow LAN sharing. This will allow your computer to access the connection from your device.

Go back to the Network and Sharing Center by going to Start > Network > Network and Sharing Center. On the left-hand side, click Change Settings Map.

Right-click on Local Area Connection, and select Properties. Then, go to the Sharing tab.

Check Allow other network users to connect through this computer's Internet connection, followed by OK.

Connecting to an Ad Hoc Network

It is now time to ask the PC to connect to the ad hoc network.

Head to the Network and Sharing Center one last time, and click Connect or Disconnect.

In the window that opens, click the network name you created, and click Connect.

Go into the application settings of your iPhone, iPod, or iPad, and tap WiFi. Make sure that your WiFi is enabled, and tap on the network name that you chose in step 1.

Once connected, test your internet connection by simply opening an Internet browser application.

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