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I currently live in the boondocks where the only internet we can receive is through Verizon's wireless card. This means that only one user can be on the internet at a time through an USB modem connection. However I was wondering if there was a way to work around this.

Is there a possibility to set up a network in which the verizon modem is connected to the internet through a Windows 7 PC and setting up that PC to act as a router. In other words, could I connect to my PC with another PC or iPod touch to gain internet access to where multiple users can access the internet?

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I believe that what you're looking for is what Microsoft calls Internet Connection Sharing. Note that not all editions of Windows 7 support it–in particular, Starter (the netbook version) does not–but for those that do, this is a simple and straightforward way to share the connection with other users on your network.

Also be aware that not all ISPs permit the usage of this feature in their ToS.

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From my understanding Windows ICS is the equivalent of NATing, and if you have Windows starter, either upgrade or switch to Linux, as starter is good for next-to-nothing. But yes it is possible, I have a very similar setup at my house with my cell phone as the ISP link to my laptop being a router. –  CenterOrbit Jun 1 '11 at 1:55
    
And @BMDan is correct as it may violate your ToS, I am not sure since you are using Verizon... but theoretically if it is NATing, Verizon would know no different of to where the traffic is originating from other than that laptop. –  CenterOrbit Jun 1 '11 at 1:57

Yes. You could have the laptop or whatever create an ad-hoc network, and then share the connection.

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This does not work on all windows 7 hardware combinations. –  Jim B Jun 1 '11 at 0:46
    
I've broadcasted an ad-hoc network without issue before. Don't see how its different from connecting to a regular wifi. –  soandos Jun 1 '11 at 0:47
    
Not all drivers will let this work properly –  Jim B Jun 1 '11 at 0:50
    
So you are saying they can see it as an ad-hoc network, and connect to it as if it was a stardard wifi network, but they can't get internet through it? example? –  soandos Jun 1 '11 at 0:52
    
some drivers will not let the ICS wizard to configure the private interface. –  Jim B Jun 1 '11 at 1:57

try Virtual Router - Wifi Hot Spot for Windows 7 / 2008 R2 Of course verizon may not be pleased with the setup

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