Help with home hot spot

February 24, 2013 at 07:36:37
Specs: Windows 7

I have problems setting up a network. I own Airlive WLA-5200AP. I want to use it as hotspot for internet connected to my PC over USB HSDPA stick. First, which mode should I use? I tried to do this using ICS in Windows 7 but that changes my LAN adapter IP to and then I lose connection over Ethernet cable with my AP. What IP settings do I have to put in my AP admin page, and what in my LAN settings so they can communicate normally. So, to clarify, the goal is HSDPA to PC, PC over cable to AP, and AP as internet hotspot to my other devices.

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April 2, 2013 at 04:27:18
Try Assigning manual IP address as,, to all other devices. it may help you out.

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April 2, 2013 at 05:40:05
The best (easiest) way to set this up would be to buy a wireless SOHO router and have that connected to the internet in your home. Then, connect all other devices (wired or wireless) to it.


Internet >> SOHO Router >> clients (wired/wireless)

You're attempting to use your computer to distribute the wireless network and that would require two network interfaces on the computer and the use of ICS. This is clumsy, a pain in the butt to setup and simply put, not the best way to do this.

You don't specify how your computer connects to the internet (ie: wired or wireless) and that would be helpful info that we could use in order to assist you.

Please explain how you're presently connected to the internet and what equipment is used to provide that connection.

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April 4, 2013 at 00:37:39
Definitely do it through a modem/router. Maybe a NetGear or a ZyXEL.
I would check with your ISP what they recommend. I would with ISPs in the Hammersmith, London area and they all have their favourites and get grumpy about supporting the others.

These devices have a few features to help you out:
- DHCP - that will manage all your IP addresses
- Firewall - hardware firewalls are pretty fool proof. Running a firewall off your PC is a little risky in my opinion as they can get turned off accidentally or intentionally when installing software.

Matt Jones

Hammersmith IT Support

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