Microsoft Windows is one of the most used operating systems out there. This is because people are most familiar with Windows as it comes installed by default in many PC and laptop devices. To be honest, Microsoft has worked quite well on Windows and with every new release they introduce some great new features.
One feature that many people want is the ability to turn their Windows laptop into a Wi-Fi hotspot. Microsoft does not include this feature inside Windows by default, but there are a few workarounds that you can use in order to turn your Windows laptop into a Wi-Fi hotspot.
We can do this in two ways. One is the straightforward method of using a third party tool and the other is a geeky way in which we will be typing and running some commands in Command Prompt. We will take a look at both of these ways but let us cover the easier (Non-geeky) way of using third party tools to turn Windows laptop into Wi-Fi hotspot first.
Create a WiFi Hostspot using Connectify / mHotspot
There are many tools to do this, but we will only mention two of them. One of the two tools we are going to mention here is freemium and the other way is totally free, so the decision is up to you. Keep in mind that the freemium option will obviously have some advantages over the free one. But the choice boils down to whether you want to use the extra features or not.
Connectify is one of the most used hotspot tools for Windows and it comes with its own set of features. You basically have three options when it comes to having Connectify Hotspot. There is a FREE version, a PRO version, and a MAX version.
The FREE version does the basic job of sharing the internet connection by converting your laptop into Wi-Fi hotspot. You can also share networks from an already connected Wi-Fi network on your laptop. Take a look at the various different plans of Connectify below.
mHotspot is a free option to Connectify but it works the same way that Connectify does. You need .NET framework installed on your Windows installation to be able to use mHotspot. mHotspot comes with many features including the option to be able to share any kind of major network including 3G and 4G.
As compared to Connectify I find mHotspot the better option.
Geeky Way! Turn your Windows PC in WiFi hotspot without using any additional software
Now comes the way I am going to explain. Using 3rd party tools to convert a Windows laptop into a Wi-Fi hotspot is for people who are not much familiar how to use Command Prompt.
In this part, we are going to transform a Windows laptop into a Wi-Fi hotspot manually using Command Prompt.
Let us start.
- First of all start Command Prompt with admin privileges.
- To do this, just open Start menu > Type “cmd” > Right click on Command Prompt > Run as administrator
- Now just copy and paste the following command in the Command Prompt window.
netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=Hotspot key=TheGeekDaily
- You can change the password from “TheGeekDaily” to anything else as per your wish.
- You can also change the name of the hotspot by changing the SSID in the command.
- Press Enter and you will see a bunch of new lines.
- Now that we have configured the SSID and password for the network, let us go ahead and start it. Use the following command.
netsh wlan start hostednetwork
- Command Prompt will let you know that the network is initiated.
- Now this network will be shown in the list of Wi-Fi networks on different devices. But it is important that we set it up to share the internet connection.
- To share the internet connection, just follow the below-given instructions.
- Right-click on the network icon in your Windows taskbar and choose Open network and sharing center.
- You will now see a new window in which you will see the different network adapters that are active on your laptop.
- Click on the name of network adapter you want to share the internet from and this will open a new dialogue window.
- Now click on Properties and you might be asked to allow access. Click on Yes.
- Now open the Sharing tab and check the box as shown in the image below.
- Choose the new adapter from the drop-down and click OK.
- This is it, this is all you need to do in order to start using your Windows laptop into a Wi-Fi hotspot.
This is what the network notification looks like on my phone. You can connect to it using the password you set in step 1. If you have any doubts or questions, take advantage of the comments section below and let us know. Also, we are curious to know which third party tool or which way you are going to do in order to turn your Windows laptop into a Wi-Fi hotspot?