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Topic # 138552 8-Jan-2014 14:16 Send private message

I'm currently working in Beijing on a short term gig.  The company I'm working for has kindly supplied me with a local mobile (local calls/ SMS only) and a mobile internet WCMDA USB stick for internet on my PC. So most of my bases are covered for interwebs while here... I also have a VPN which surprisingly I needed to logon to geekzone...

So my issue.  Sitting at work I have my overseas smartphone & my local (CN) mobile.  I want to keep up to date with wife etc by using the apps on the smartphone by using the wifi from my PC.  Now my old win 7 HP laptop had an app for that... but my new ASUS win 8.1 doesn't.  After a bit of research I found that windows 8 that has a little gem called Microsoft Hosted Network Virtual Adaptor.  You can use this to create a virtual router on your PC to share the internet via wifi.

All setup, can connect the phone - but the kicker is that I cannot surf or connect to anything on the smartphone.  Any ideas? I've got a Samsung Note II, which connects fine to my home wifi and to wifi network at the hotel. 

Regards, Steve

Cheers, Stevo

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  Reply # 963336 8-Jan-2014 15:39 Send private message

Tried using Connectify instead?

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  Reply # 963338 8-Jan-2014 15:59 Send private message

I'm actually using Virtual Router Plus. They're all the same though right, using Virtual Router on PC?  I'll give this one a go and see!


Cheers, Stevo

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  Reply # 963373 8-Jan-2014 17:06 Send private message

Coonectify worked! You have to connect via their servers so definitely not the same as a Virtual Router.

I downloaded the free version to try. I had to connect the VPN to download & connect the client. The free version doesn't allow you to use 3G, only available in PRO version. Its sees the VPN as a LAN connection and although it didn't connect (on the mobile) on my first attempt it did on the second.

Got me thinking whether to try same for virtual router - and yes, using the VPN 'LAN' connection I can connect and utilise my PC's internet on my smartphone.

I'd rather not have to have the VPN on all the time but, since it is bit slower. But, beggars can't be choosers!

Cheers, Stevo

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