there are many reasons why people dislike
and which keeps them away from upgrading from Windows XP, and indeed - as
Ballmer said in his
MVP Global Summit keynote today - "Windows Vista is work in progress".
Nevertheless, there are these kind of "hidden" but very usefully features
available as well, like setting up a wireless ad hoc network which can be quite
useful in hotels.
I'm currently staying at the Westin, downtown Seattle and the Westin offers
in-room high-speed Internet access through CAT5 and WiFi. Unfortunately the
Westin is charging its "guests" for Internet access.
As quite typical for most hotels, if you buy access, this access is good for
one PC only, not for several which you might have with you (okay, an uncommon
scenario for most travelers but anyway - I will come to this later). And I've
decided through CAT5 for a good reason, it leaves the inbuilt WiFi available for
different use, in this case for creating an ad hoc network which allows me to
operate my Tablet PC as a kind of access point for other WiFi enabled devices I
have with me, like my
HTC Shift or my
Samsung SGH-i600. And since more and more smartphones have WiFi built in,
the scenario I've described above isn't that uncommon anymore, that a traveler
might has more then just one WiFi enabled device.
Anyway, with Windows Vista it's quite easy to create a new wireless ad hoc
network and giving this network Internet access through the wired LAN:
So thanks to this configuration, which isn't anything special but unlike in
Windows XP, very simple to create and to configure, I've connected both, my
Windows Vista powered HTC Shift and even my Windows Mobile powered Samsung
SGH-i600 to the Internet, without paying for an additional Internet access in
the hotel or
paying any international roaming fees for UMTS:
As I said, that's nothing special but sometimes its good to know that these
kind of options are available, especially if you are travelling.
Cheers ~ Arne