Windows operating system can turn your computer into a wireless hotspot, and you can then share its wireless Internet connection for other devices. However, do you know how to set it up on your Windows computer? Here’s step-by-step guide on how you can do this.
Share a Wired or Wireless Internet Connection in Windows 10
If your computer is running on Windows 10 Anniversary update, then you are lucky. In this update, it comes with a single switch for turning any computer into a Wi-Fi hotspot, no matter what the Internet connection you want to share.
- First, go to Settings by pressing Windows+I on your keyboard. Here, click “Network & Internet.”
- Once you are in the Network & Internet page, click “Mobile hotspot” on the left side.
- Now, on the right-hand side, turn the “Share my Internet connection with other devices” switch to ON.
- Here in Edit window, type any network name and password you want to use and then click “OK.”
And that’s all you need to do in Windows 10 to share the internet connection on your computer.
Share a Wired Internet Connection in Windows 7
Sharing Internet Connection is little difficult over doing this on Windows 10. You just should make sure that your wired connection is set up and your computer support Wi-Fi connection.
- Open Manage Wireless Networks window, click the Add button, choose “Create an ad hoc network”.
- Enter a name and password for the network and it will then display in the list of wireless networks.
- Choose it and your computer will disconnect from current Wi-Fi network and start hosting an ad-hoc network so that other devices can connect to it
- Remember to enable the “Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection” checkbox so that other device can see your shared connection.
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Share a Wired Internet Connection in Windows 8
Unfortunately, Microsoft removed the graphical interface for setting up an ad-hoc network on Windows 8, so it’s not easy to set up as it is in Windows 7 or 10. You will need to resort to a little command line.
- First, ensure your current wireless network is shared with other network users.
- Now, press Windows+ R to open the Run box, and then type “cpl”, hit Enter.
- In the network connections window, right-click your Wireless network and select “Properties” from the context menu.
- Move to the “Sharing” tab and tick on “Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection” box.
- Next, launch the Command Prompt with administrative privileges or press Windows + X buttons and choose Command Prompt (Admin).
- Next, enter command: netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=”<SSID>” key=”<PASSWORD>”
- Next, start broadcasting your network with the command: netsh wlan start hostednetwork
- Now, enter the last command to show information about the connection: netsh wlan show hostednetwork
Once you’re done, you can connect any Wi-Fi device to your new ad-hoc network. If you want to share your wireless Internet connection in Windows 7 or 8 with other devices, you can use a third party app as Virtual Router software.