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Old 01-04-2015, 12:00 PM
 
Location: middle tennessee
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my grand daughter is going to be staying with me until she finds her own place. How, in simple terms, do we share the wifi connection? We both have a laptop. I assume we will sometimes be using them at the same time.

I know this has to be easy.
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Old 01-04-2015, 12:36 PM
 
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She can search for available wifi connections. You can look up the name of your router on your own computer by clicking the signal strength down by the clock. It's going to say connected to "Name of router". There may be others listed if you have close neighbors.

All she has to do is try and connect to it and it's going to prompt for password, there might be a button on the router with two little arrows that you press when she tries to connect so she doesn't need to enter the password. If not she'll need the password. You only have to do this once, the computer will remember the password.

Typically you can connect up to 4 devices to one router.

Additionally both the name of the router and the password might be on a sticker on the router.

FYI if you are not prompted for password to connect your router has not been secured and anyone can connect to it.
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Old 01-04-2015, 12:52 PM
 
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Most routers provide for many connections wirelessly. Most though, have just 4 ports for wired connections. You should be able to get all the information she needs from your laptop by checking the properties of your laptop's wifi connection. The procedure is simple but different for Windows or Apple based computers or Android devices. If you post which you have, its easy to give you a click by click advice.
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Old 01-04-2015, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Scott County, Tennessee/by way of Detroit
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I had 4 kids here last week...all I did was give them my password....and they were on....
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Old 01-04-2015, 01:38 PM
 
Location: middle tennessee
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I had 4 kids here last week...all I did was give them my password....and they were on....
First, thanks to everyone for the helpful information. I have Windows 7.

Linda, this is what I was thinking, but I wasn't sure if everyone's information is secure. I trust my grand daughter without question, but I would like for us both to maintain our sense of privacy while sharing the connection.

I have never "shared" before. My children were grown before I started using a computer
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Old 01-04-2015, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Greater NYC, USA
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my grand daughter is going to be staying with me until she finds her own place. How, in simple terms, do we share the wifi connection? We both have a laptop. I assume we will sometimes be using them at the same time.

I know this has to be easy.
You have to put your WIFI info into her laptop. Typically it's the name and the password of your WIFi router. You can find that information in your laptop, just to go to your wifi connection's properties and that's the info you have to give her.

You can have a number of devices connected to your wifi, so that is not an issue.
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Old 01-04-2015, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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Her laptop will seek out WIFI connections same as it does wherever she goes with it. She should see yours (whatever name yours is) as the strongest. Her machine may see a few others also. When she connects to your WIFI her laptop will ask for the password (assuming you set one up). Give her the password.

As an earlier poster said his 4 kids visited and they all hooked up to his WIFI.

You do not have to do anything to your computer(s).
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Old 01-04-2015, 04:29 PM
 
Location: middle tennessee
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You can have a number of devices connected to your wifi, so that is not an issue.
Thanks to everyone who answered.
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Old 01-04-2015, 04:38 PM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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I have had as many as 15 devices connected to my wifi at once. Not limited to 4, depending on its settings.
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Old 01-05-2015, 07:11 AM
 
Location: NJ
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First, thanks to everyone for the helpful information. I have Windows 7.

Linda, this is what I was thinking, but I wasn't sure if everyone's information is secure. I trust my grand daughter without question, but I would like for us both to maintain our sense of privacy while sharing the connection.

I have never "shared" before. My children were grown before I started using a computer
Sharing a connection just means both of your computers are using the same wifi signal. You don't have to worry about her seeing what you are doing on your computer or vice versa.
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