How to Setup Wi-Fi Hotspot in Windows PC

How to Setup Wi-Fi Hotspot in Windows

The Internet is one of the essential things in the 21st century. We human beings are so much dependent on the Internet. Keeping always connected is vital for us.

Nowadays we have so many devices which require a constant connection to the Internet. It is not easy to keep each and every device connected. So, here comes the concept of sharing; sharing your one internet connection among many devices by means of the wireless hotspot.

A modern smartphone like Android, iOS provides a straightforward way to set up Wi-Fi Hotspot than PC. But, there is no such easy method or way to create Wi-Fi hotspot in Windows. So, here we are going to discuss- how to setup Wi-Fi hotspot in Windows using different methods.

How to Setup Wi-Fi Hotspot in Windows 10?

If you have PC with Windows 10 installed and updated to Anniversary Update, then it is really simple. Windows 10 Anniversary update contains a direct option to setup Wi-Fi hotspot.

  • Go to Settings and click on Network & Internet.

Windows 10 network and internet settings

  • Click on Mobile hotspot, and on right-hand side turn on mobile hotspot which is right under “Share my internet connection with other devices”.

How to setup Wi-Fi hotspot in Windows

  • If you want to edit your default network name and password, press Edit

Mobile hotspot windows 10

  • In the edit window, you can type the name and password you wish to use for your network and then click Save.

This is how you can create Wi-Fi hotspot in Windows 10. It is one of the best feature Anniversary Update brought to the Windows 10.

Note: In order use the above option, you will require Ethernet, you cannot setup Wi-Fi hotspot using above procedure by any other means.

How to Share Wired Internet Connection in Windows 7?

Sharing wired internet connection in Windows 7 is quite an easy task. The ability to share wired internet connection in Windows 7 is implemented in networking interface called an ad-hoc network. But, before proceeding further, make sure that wired connection is set up and your PC does have wireless capability.

Note: When you set up an ad-hoc network, it disconnects all existing wireless connection. So, this method only works with internet connection which is coming through Ethernet.

  • Go to start menu and search “wireless”, open Manage Wireless Network
  • Now, click on add button and select Create an ad hoc network.

ad hoc network windows 7

  • Type a name and password for your wireless network.
  • It will appear in the list of wireless networks, select it and your computer will disconnect from the current network and will start hosting an ad hoc network.
  • Make sure to check the “Allow other network users to connect through the computer’s internet connection” checkbox.

ad hoc network windows 7

This will share your PC’s wired internet connection with other devices which is connected to the ad hoc network.

How to Create Wi-Fi Hotspot in Windows 8?

As we have seen earlier, creating an ad hoc network is easy. But unfortunately, Windows 8 doesn’t provide such interface to setup an ad hoc network. So, in this case, we would need to use the command prompt.

But first, you need to make sure your current wireless network is shared with other users.

  • Press Win Key + R, type: ncpa.cpl and hit enter.

Network Connections

  • Network connections window will open, in that right-click on your wireless network and select Properties.
  • Go to Sharing tab and uncheck the box which says “Allow other network users to control or disable the shared Internet connection” and hit OK

Wireless network properties

  • Now you will need to open the command prompt, press Win key + X and select Command Prompt (Admin).
  • Next, you will need to setup wireless hotspot, type: netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=hotspotname key=password. Make sure to replace hotspot and password with values of your choice.

How to setup Wi-Fi hotspot in Windows 8 using cmd

  • If the above command executes correctly then you have created Wi-Fi hotspot successfully. Now it’s time to start the Wi-Fi hotspot you have created, so type: netsh wlan start hostednetwork.

How to setup wi-fi hotspot in windows 8 using cmd

  • Now, if you want to stop the hotpot type: netsh wlan stop hostednetwork.

stop hosted network using cmd

  • If you want to show the information about the connection you can use this command at any time: netsh wlan show hostednetwork.

Show information hosted network

This is it! You have successfully learned to create Wi-Fi hotspot in Windows 8. Now, you can share your Internet connection with any Wi-Fi capable device.

Setup Wi-Fi Hotspot Using Third-Party Software (The Easy Way)

If you are still running Windows 7 or 8 and find above methods difficult then you can use this method. There are tons of Softwares available in the market which will help you to set your personal Wi-Fi hotspot.

But, we recommend Virtual Router because it is free, lightweight, open-source and really easy to setup. The interface is very simple, nothing fancy and tricky. Just provide a name for your network, enter the password and choose the connection you want to share with other devices. Now, click on Start Virtual Router and you are good to go. It even shows you the list of connected devices to your network.

Virtual Router

Creating a Wi-Fi hotspot can be real easy or can be really tricky according to the version of Windows you are using. But, it’s always good to know that there is a way you can use your computer as a wireless hotspot.

Let us know if you have any questions or doubts in the comments section down below. We would be happy to help.

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