You can turn your laptop or desktop into a Wi-Fi hotspot as an option offered by Windows. Once it is a Wi-Fi hotspot, other devices can connect to your computer. Then, by using internet connection sharing, you can also share your speed with other devices.
For Windows 7
If you are using Windows 7, follow these steps to turn your computer into a wireless network. Open the ‘Manage Wireless Networks’ window, and click on ‘Add’, then click “Create an ad hoc network”. After that, add a name to your network and connect to the network. The computer will disconnect from current Wi-Fi network and host a network so that other devices can also connect there.
If you want to share the internet connection, don’t forget to check “Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection”. Click on Start Menu and then Control Panel, click Network and Sharing Center. After that, click on Set up a new network. Once the window is opened, click on set up a wireless ad hoc network. You can highlight that option by clicking once and then click Next.
Type your network name, security type and security key. Be very particular about the security key you select if you want to save your computer from any viruses or bugs. The devices you want to connect to your computer should be within or less than 30 feet away. Therefore, it is important for multiple devices to be in as close proximity of each other as possible. It is also important to note that if your computer is connected to any other network, it will drop once it is connected to a wireless network. You cannot turn your PC into a Wi-Fi Hotspot until it is connected to another device.
Using Command Prompt
Another way to turn your windows PC into a Wi-Fi hotspot is by disabling a wireless network. You can use command line in Windows and create a batch file. Follow the instructions written below to create start your network:
Go to start menu and then search for programs, type ‘cmd’. The program Command Prompt will open, right click and select Run as Administrator. You can create ad-hoc wireless network using multiple commands. Also, create a batch file to do the same thing next time easily. Don’t forget to enable the “Internet Connection Sharing” option if you want to share connection with other devices.
Using Various Apps
Other than this, you can also use apps to turn your computer into a Wi-Fi hotspot, the two very popular include:
Free WiFi Hotspot is an excellent tool to turn your computer into a WiFi hotspot. It is very easy to use and all you need to do is enter a name and password. After that, select your network and begin sharing your connection with others.
mHotspot is also a very popular software used for Wi-Fi sharing. You can specify your ID, password, number of clients and other custom settings and turn your PC into a Wi-Fi Hotspot.…