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Using a PC as a router with a Verizon modem

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 a 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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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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Look at the properties dialog for your network adapter. On there, you will find a 'Sharing' tab that allows you to do this. I've never attempted to do this, as personally, I'd buy a cheap home router, or find an old PC and install Linux, but to answer your question, yes you can do what you want with Windows 7.

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