Wi-Fi Without Routers on XP/VISTA

Here is a short guide to help have the benefits of a wifi router without actually having it on Windows XP.


1. Go to Control Panel -> Network Connection.
2. Right click on Your Ethernet connection and click on “Properties”.
3. Go to “Advanced” Tab.
4. Check “Allow Other NEtwork….. Internet Connection”
5. In the Drop down Below select the Wifi connection of your pc. If it is disabled, it will be showing your wifi connection already.
6. Click on “Settings”
7. Check the protocols you need to share. Jamal has explained on them.I normally use only http and https.
8. Click on “Ok”.you reach the network connection page. The sharing part is now over.


1. Click on Start -> Run
2. Type in cmd in the Run prompt
3. In the new window type “ipconfig /all” and press enter.
4. Note down your DNS server ip address from the screen.


1. Go again to Control Panel -> network connections.
2. Right click on your WIFI connection and click “properties”.
3. Go to”Wireless Network” Tab.
4. The “use windows to configure my wireless network connection” should be checked.
5. In the preferred network connection section click on add button
6. Enter a name of your wish to the network name.
7. Network authentication is “open”
8. Change Data Encryption to “Disabled”
9. Check the “this is a computer to computer …. not used” connection.
10. Click “Ok”.
11. Click on general tab. select “internet protocol(tcp/ip) and click on properties button.
12. Now type in ip address, in subnet mask, leave default gateway empty.
13. Fill in the DNS server entry which you had noted down earlier.
14. Click on “OK” and your network is set.

Your network should appear on the wifi network list now. Search for wlan on your phone. Connect and enjoy browsing on your phone.


What You Need:

a) A laptop/desktop with WiFi capability and Windows Vista. (Windows XP users you’re on your own, my XP machine doesn’t have wireless so can’t test, however the settings are almost similar)

cool.gif An N95 or Any Other phone with WiFi 802.11b/g compatibility.
On your Laptop/Desktop:

01) Turn on the WiFi switch on your laptop and make sure the WiFi light/indicator/whatever is on. And make sure you are connected to the internet.

02) Click on the two monitors on the bottom right. (in the system tray on the taskbar)

03) In the small window thing that pops up select Network and Sharing Center.

04) Click on manage wireless networks.

05) Click on Adapter properties (windows coloured shield icon) in the actions bar roughly 1/3 of the way down.

06) If your UAC is on, click continue. If not you won’t know what I’m talking about, just move on.

07) Click on “Internet Protocol version 4 (TCP/IPv4).

08) Click on properties.

09) Select use the following IP address: and if there is another 192.168.0.x address and subnet mask already in there, just leave it alone otherwise enter the IP address as and the subnet mask as leave the default gateway blank.

10) In the preferred and alternate DNS servers you need to enter the IP addresses of your ISP DNS servers. This information is probably available on the website of your ISP or on their telephone network. If they dont give you just tell them you have an Apple Mac. (they cannot get the IP address automatically and have to be configured manually)

11) Close all dialogs and return to the desktop.

12) Click on two monitors on the bottom right (in the system tray inside the taskbar) again and select “Connect To a network”.

13) In the window that pops up, right click your internet connection and select properties.

14) Go to the Sharing tab.

15) Enable the “Allow other users to connect to through this computer’s internet connection” and in the “Home Networking Connection” box select “Wireless Network Connection”.

16) Now click on the settings button (if the UAC prompt pops up, press continue).

17) Enable the HTTP server and HTTPS server. If you want to receive/send email on your phone using any application other than the phone’s web browser, enable the POP3, IMAP4 and SMTP servers. Make sure not to enable too many, the more you enable the more chance there is of your computer getting broken into by hackers wirelessly. Especially unnecessarily enabling the SMTP is a no-no. Just use Gmail. Never enable the Remote Desktop or others unless you want someone to wirelessly access your desktop (and the whole computer by extension).

18) Close everything else and return to your desktop.

19) Click on the two monitors on the bottom right. (in the system tray inside the taskbar)

20) In the small window thing that pops up select Network and Sharing Center.

21) Click on manage wireless networks.

22) Click on Add (green plus icon) in the actions bar roughly 1/3 of the way down.

23) Click on Create an ad-hoc network.

24) Click Next.

25) Enter a network name. I entered N95.

26) In security type, select no authentication (open) <– hopefully in the future I’ll get a secure network to work. 27) No need of selecting save this network. Click Next. 28) Hopefully your ad-hoc (direct) WLAN network has been set up. Close everything else and return to your desktop.


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