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    Battery operated portable WiFi router?

    I would like to have a battery operated, portable router that could connect to the Internet via a public WiFi signal and then allow me to safely and wirelessly connect a laptop, tablet and smartphone to the Internet via the router. I have two questions:

    1) Does what I want even make sense?

    2) If so, can anyone give names of one or more such products?

    Thanks,

    Don

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    Why not create a Virtual Router -

    http://www.mypublicwifi.com/publicwifi/en/index.html or http://virtualrouter.codeplex.com/ but a Google for Virtual Router will produce other links and then you can carry your router within your laptop.

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    Connecting to public WiFi is not really safe, you don't know who is listening to the Access Point. Using a VPN is the only safe method and having your firewall turned on.

    cheers, Paul

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    Quote Originally Posted by chambless View Post
    I would like to have a battery operated, portable router that could connect to the Internet via a public WiFi signal and then allow me to safely and wirelessly connect a laptop, tablet and smartphone to the Internet via the router. I have two questions:

    1) Does what I want even make sense?

    2) If so, can anyone give names of one or more such products?

    Thanks,

    Don
    Don, the only reason for doing this I can think of "off the top of my head" is if you wanted to share files/printers between your devices.

    This would require setting Windows to have "file and printer sharing" turned on. Having "file and printer sharing" turned on whilst connected to a public network is a definite no-no (open invitation to hackers).

    I would be very wary of creating a "Virtual Router" (as in post #2) or using "Internet Connection Sharing" (post #3) for the same reason (sharing should be turned off whilst connected to public networks because it is too easy for hackers to access your device(s) if sharing is turned on).
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