How to configure your Windows PC as a hotspot
Say you have wired Internet access in your PC and you want to share it with your smartphone. Or maybe you want to use your PC as a Wi-Fi signal extender so that you can access the Internet from a farther place wirelessly. What you can do is to configure your PC to serve as a hotspot.
It took me several days’ worth of time searching the Internet, trying different solutions and troubleshooting before finally getting this to work. I hope this post will help the people out there who need to configure their PC as a hotspot but might run into some of the problems.
This solution that I found is only for Windows. This is divided into two parts, the hotspot machine, and the client machine.
You will need to install a program called mHotspot. After installing and launching it, you just need to provide a hotspot name and password, and choose the connection which you want to share Internet from (the one that has Internet). For example, if your PC’s Internet comes from your “Local Area Connection”, then choose this option. Of course make sure that your PC’s Wi-Fi is turned on. Then press Start Hotspot.
That’s not complete yet. Open “Network and Sharing Center” from Windows (through Control Panel or through the network icon in the task bar), click “Change adapter settings”. Make sure that the icon representing the network which has Internet which you want to share has “Shared” written on it.
If it is not “Shared” yet, right click on it and click Properties. There should be a Sharing tab. Click on it, and click “Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection”. Make sure “Wireless Network Connection 2” is chosen then click OK. It will prompt you with a few things, but you can just OK through them. (No need to reboot.)
Once “Shared” is shown in the icon then you are done with the configuration of your hotspot machine. Skip the next few paragraphs and go to the next section on Client Machine for instructions on how to connect to the hotspot.
In case the Sharing tab is not available in the Properties window of your network connection, or the option to ”Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection” is disabled, you need to follow the instructions below to enable it.
- Go to Services by entering services.msc in the Run box. Make sure that Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) is started.
Go to Local Group Policy Editor by entering gpedit.msc in the Run box. Then under Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Network > Network Connections, make sure that “Prohibit use of Internet Connection Sharing on your DNS domain network” is disabled. If not, double-click on it and disable it.
- Go to the Registry Editor by entering regedit in the Run box. Go to “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Network Connections” and make sure that the value of NC_ShowSharedAccessUI is 1. If not, double-click on it and change it to 1.
The option to share should become available after these. Go back to the Properties of the network to share it.
Once the Hotspot Machine has been set up as described in the previous section, you can now connect to it from your client.
Be sure the Wi-Fi of your client machine is on. It should be able to see the hotspot you have set up. Provide the password and connect to it. If Internet works then congratulations you are done!
However there are cases in some client machines that you can connect but for some reason there is no Internet access or there are problems connecting. For example in Windows, the connected network is labeled as Unidentified Network, or it says No Internet access. In Android phones, it may continuously say “Authenticating” or “Obtaining IP address”. If this happens, then there is something wrong with DHCP of the client machine and you will have to use a static IP as described below.
In the hotspot machine and check the Properties of “Wireless Network Connection 2”. Click its Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click Properties. Take note of the IP address. For example, it is 192.168.137.1.
In the client machine, assign a static IP address to the wireless connection based on the IP address of “Wireless Network Connection 2” of the hotspot machine by changing the last number to some arbitrary one from 2 to 255. For example 192.168.137.10. Then set the subnet mask to 255.255.255.0, the default gateway to the IP address of “Wireless Network Connection 2” of the hotspot machine, 192.168.137.1, the Preferred DNS server to 220.127.116.11 and alternate DNS server to 18.104.22.168 (Google’s public DNS).
For example in Windows:
In Android clients, under Settings > Wi-Fi, you can long press the hostpot name. Select Modify network, check Show advanced options, modify IP settings to Static, and provide the IP addresses.
After the static IP addresses are set, just disconnect and reconnect and Internet should be available.
Lol I think there will be more explosive revelations regarding this PDAF issue, while the Senate is imploding under its own pork, dragging down everyone else involved.
That is Daang Matuwid.
Ancient Wisdon: Usage of Corruption
I came across this insightful and intriguing anecdote about the usage of corrupt government officials, which seems very very relevant to the current state of affairs.
The anecdote is originally from an old historical text called《南北史》, written in classical Chinese. For the interest of others, as well as for my own language practice, I will attempt to translate its translation here. This is already a “second-degree” translation (from classical to vernacular Chinese to English). Because the text contains a lot of big words for deep concepts, and I am not a linguist nor a writer, my translation will likely not be satisfactory.
The anecdote is a conversation between Yuwen Tai and Su Chuo. Yuwen Tai was the founder of Northern Zhou Dynasty, while Su Chuo was his chief politician. When Yuwen Tai was planning to form his own state, he met Su Chuo and consulted him on how to rule a country. They talked for three days and nights…
Yuwen Tai asked: “How to establish a state?”
Su Chuo answered: “Gather officials.”
Yuwen Tai asked: “How to gather officials?”
Su Chuo answered: "Use corrupt officials. Fight corrupt officials."
Confused, Yuwen Tai asked: “Why use corrupt officials?”
Su Chuo answered: “The most important for an emperor is his subjects’ loyalty. When subjects are loyal, then the emperor is secure. When the emperor is secure, then the society will be stable. If you want your subjects to work for you, then you will have to give them money. But if you do not have enough money, what will you do?”
Yuwen Tai said: “What will I do?”
Su Chuo answered: “Give them power. Tell them to use the power to plunder from the people, and they will be happy.”
Yuwen Tai asked: “But what do I gain if corrupt officials get what they want?”
Su Chuo answered: “Since their power is bestowed by you, in order to keep their power, they will have to protect your power. Everyone wants to become the emperor. If you do not have corrupt officials to protect your power, how would you secure your rule?”
Yuwen Tai suddenly understood. But he is still puzzled, and asked: “Then how come fight corrupt officials, when I have to use them?”
Su Chuo answered: “This is the essence of the skill of power manipulation. To use corrupt officials, you have to fight corrupt officials. Only then can you deceive the people and secure your rule.”
Yuwen Tai was more confused, and asked excitedly: “Please tell me the secret!”
Su Chuo replied: “There are two benefits. Firstly, are there officials who are not corrupt? There is no need to worry about corrupt officials. Instead, worry about officials who are disloyal to you. In the name of fighting corruption, eliminate those disloyal corrupt officials, while retaining those loyal corrupt officials. This way you eliminate the opposition, strengthen your power, and you will have the support of the people.
"Second, an official who is corrupt will be at your mercy, because you know his deeds. If he betrays you, you can destroy him. A corrupt official fears that you destroy him, so he can only be loyal to you. Therefore, fighting corrupt officials is your strategy to using corrupt officials. If you do not use corrupt officials, you will lose your pretense of "fighting corruption". How will you control your subjects then? If all of your officials are incorruptible, and have the popular support from the people, then you will be in danger."
Yuwen Tai asked: “How come?”
Su Chuo answered: “An honest official is incorrupt. If he is disloyal, how can you eliminate him? Even if you eliminate him, then people will be unhappy. If people are unhappy, the society will be unstable, and the country will be in danger. That is why incorrupt officials are not useful.”
Su Chuo continued: “And then?”
Yuwen Tai curiously asked: “And then what else?”
Su Chuo said: “If all you have are corrupt officials, what would you do if the people got angry because of this?”
Yuwen Tai was alarmed because he didn’t think of this, and asked: “What should I do if that happens?”
Su Chuo answered: “Raise your anti-corruption banner, and widely publicize it to show that you are with the people. Let the public know that you hate corruption; let the people know your greatness. Let them think that you are good. What is bad are those officials. Blame them for all the bad things, and never let the public think that you are the one controlling the corruption. This way, all those problems of society are not your fault, but due to the corrupt officials not following your policies.”
Yuwen Tai asked: “What if there are serious grievances on some officials?”
Su Chuo answered: “Kill them. Avenge the people! This will calm the people, and they will sing praises about your greatness. At the same time you can confiscate the riches that the corrupt officials stole from the people. Will not it be great to be able to steal from the people as they praise you?”
“In short, use corrupt officials to form your loyal party; dispose of corrupt officials to eliminate opposition; kill corrupt officials to earn the people’s trust; steal their riches to fill your coffers. This is the skill of power manipulation all emperors play since the start of history.”
Yuwen Tai was fully convinced and admired Su Chuo greatly.
Overhelpful Sales Staff At SM
I hate shopping at SM’s men’s underwear department.
Yesterday I went to shop for some undies and socks. It was still early so there were only a few shoppers. As soon as I came near the underwear area, the sales staff began flocking towards me, just like flies attracted to pungent meat… okay bad metaphor — I’m not pungent meat… just like fruit flies attracted to fruit.
"Sir, N* Fe*r!"
"Sir, may promo kami!”
When I came for a closer look, a sales lady unpacked a 3-in-1 package and took out one sample to show me. I moved to the rack of another brand while she was still telling me about the promo pack.
At the other rack, a sales man asked, “Sir ano hinahanap niyo? Brief? Boxer brief? Maganda yung tela namin masarap sa balat. Pati yung garter hindi madaling mag-bacon!”
I told him I’m still looking around. But when I moved to another rack, another sales lady began pitching her merchandise.
It was the same for every rack. (Do these staff have commission for sales?)
When I showed a tiny bit of interest on a particular style of underwear, a sales lady said “Marami pang kulay yan! May gray, red, … Ano gusto niyo? Ano size niyo sir?”
Wtf. Can’t I have a little more private time to shop for what I want?
Finally I got what I want. Time to shop for socks.
"Sir, D*rl*ngt*n socks."
"Casual ba o pang-sports?”