Have you ever desired that you could use your Windows laptop as a WiFi hotspot? If yes, get ready to experience your dream in reality. Now, you can easily do so. Let’s suppose you don’t have a wireless router or Netgear n300 just one network cable and around 10 people are using the Internet. In this case, it may happen that your laptop works efficiently but tablet has no Internet connection. So, it would be better to share Internet among all users as well as devices without any need for router.
On the other hand, if you go on a vacation and stay in a hotel, then the dwelling place will only offer free wired Internet access and change you for WiFi. And in case you have got an important office work to do on your own smartphone, would you pay such a heavy sum just for using WiFi? Of course not, right?
You can share your laptop’s Internet connection with other devices like smartphone through WiFi. That’s why it is a necessity to turn your laptop into a WiFi hotspot. Let’s see how to do so.
Turn your Windows laptop into a mobile hotspot
Though you can use an extender like Netgear ex6100 many people don’t have much money to pay for it. So, they look for a simple plus cost-effective solution.
Windows comes with a built-in feature that allows you to share your Internet connection with other wired or wireless devices over WiFi. Using this functionality, users are able to share an Ethernet, WiFi or cellular data connection. It is worth notable that if your laptop has a cellular data connection which you are going to share, then it will make use of data from your mobile plan. One can also take the help of mywifiext website to perform the same task with their extender.
Here’s how to make a WiFi hotspot of your Windows laptop:
- Turn on your Windows laptop.
- Click on start button.
- A menu will appear.
- Select settings > mobile hotspot.
- After that, choose the Internet connection you wish to share.
- Click on edit.
- Type a new network name as well as password.
- Then, you need to click save button.
In order to connect another device with your laptop, head over to WiFi settings of that device. Then, find your network name, select it, type password, and connect. Simple!
Found the above-given method quite tricky? Do not worry as we have another solution for you.
Just skip this method and opt for a third-party app. After testing so many apps, we found Connectify app best. Prior to proceed further with the app, make sure that you have a Windows laptop or computer along with a WiFi adapter. If you don’t have it, buy one that can connect through USB. As we have mentioned above, you don’t need to pay for a range extender like Netgear ex6150.
Here are the steps to get the job done:
- First of all, download and install Connectify.
- Once done, restart your PC or laptop.
- Find out whether it is connected to Internet or not. If it is, run the app.
- There are two tabs in the app: clients and settings.
- Under Internet to share section, you will see a drop-down menu. Do expand it and choose the connection to share.
- Next, add a WiFi password and click start hotspot.
That’s how you can turn Windows laptop into a WiFi hotspot. Though the app is paid, it also has a free version that lets you create a WiFi hotspot. However, the only trade-off is it automatically disconnects every half an hour and displays ad pop-ups. If all else fails, go for an extender like Netgear ex2700.