Networking & wireless forum: Using USB wireless adapter as ad hoc connection.

by: jimirich January 23, 2013 6:38 PM PST

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Using USB wireless adapter as ad hoc connection.

by jimirich - 1/23/13 6:38 PM

There are many threads asking whether or not a USB wireless adapter can be used on a hard wired PC (with an internet connection) to connect other devices to the internet instead of using a wireless router. The answer inevitably is always Yes, but a router is cheaper, You have to leave the computer on.....blah blah blah
Lets rephrase the question:
I work in an area that has poor phone reception and I want to be able to use the internet connection at work with my smartphone or other device by plugging in a little, inconspicuous USB wireless adapter to the pc. I don't care that the computer MUST be on in order to use the connection cause the computer is always on while I'm at work. A router requires installation and other registry modifications that may get the IT folks a little apprehensive and a USB adapter can be pocketed or tossed in a drawer at the end of the day, or carried to another host computer.
So, is the 50 million dollar idea out there?
A USB wireless adapter that can hook up to a PC without having to jump through the hoops of complicated setup and then provide a connection for my smart wireless device. It would be icing on the cake if it could do it without leaving a browsing record on the computer or network.
Really, whomever comes out first with this device, functional as envisioned, will become a multi millionaire.

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