Laptops

How to Turn Your Laptop into a Hotspot?

Being connected to the internet is an essential need for our devices, but there are some places in the office or house where the WiFi signals are not powerful enough to connect. In that case, you can easily turn your laptop into a hotspot and connect your other devices to that hotspot to use the internet with full strength. To turn your laptop into a hotspot device, follow this guide:

How to Turn Your Laptop into a Hotspot?

You can turn your laptop into a Wi-Fi hotspot using a built-in Windows setting or installing a third-party application. There are three methods to turn your laptop into a hotspot:

  1. Built-in settings of Windows laptop
  2. Using Command Prompt
  3. Third-party Application, i.e., Connectify Hotspot

Before you turn your laptop into a hotspot to share the data with another laptop or mobile phone, keep these things in your mind:

  • First, connect your laptop to WiFi or Ethernet; connect your laptop device with an ethernet cable for better performance.
  • If you turn your laptop into a hotspot, it will reduce the speed of your internet because internet speed is divided.
  • The laptop should always be on for stable internet sharing.

 

1: Turning Laptop into a Hotspot Using Built-In Settings of Windows Laptop

In Windows laptop, there is a built-in setting from where you can easily share your laptop’s internet with the other devices:

Step 1: Press Windows+I to open the settings and click on the Network & Internet:

Step 2: Now click on the Mobile hotspot from the left panel:

Step 3: Turn on the toggle of share my internet connection to other devices under mobile hotspot:

Step 4: Give your hotspot a name and adjust the settings by clicking on the Edit button:

Step 5: Turn on the WiFi on the other device, search for the WiFi name and enter the password and click on connect.

2: Turning Laptop into a Hotspot Using the Command Prompt

The other way to create a hotspot on your laptop is using the command prompt. Ensure that you enter the commands correctly because one typing mistake will result in an error:

Step 1: In the search icon, search for the Network connections:

Step 2: Open the View network connections to check the connected internet connections with your laptop, next right clicks on your connected internet to choose the properties from the drop-down menu:

Step 3: Under the Sharing tab, Tick “Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection”, uncheck the second box. Select the OK button from the bottom to save the modified changes.

Step 4: In the search bar of your laptop search for Command Prompt and run it as an administrator:

Step 5: Now type the following command and hit Enter key:

netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid="YOURSSID" key="PASSWORD"

 

Or:

netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid="TSEP Limited" key="52738577!!"

 

The ssid is your device name and the key is the network password of your laptop:

Step 6: Now again type the command given below:

netsh wlan start hostednetwork

 

Step 7: Enter the following command to check if everything is working fine or not:

netsh wlan show hostednetwork

 

3: Turning Laptop to a Hotspot Using Connectify Hotspot

It is a virtual router through which you can share the internet of your laptop with the other nearby devices. It is easy to use; simply follow these steps to turn your laptop into a hotspot:

Step 1: Download the updated version of Connectify Hotspot on your laptop.

Step 2: Give the name to your laptop’s hotspot and set the password for it:

Step 3: Now, click on the Start Hotspot to share the internet connection of your laptop with other devices:

Step 4: Turn on the WiFi on any other nearby device to connect it with the laptop.

Laptop’s Hotspot Is Not Working; Why?

Your laptop’s hotspot may not be working properly because of the bad network connection, your laptop will also be getting the network from a source, and that source’s connection is not stable, which is causing the hotspot not to work properly. Other than that, your router is old and is not that powerful to deliver signals that will work properly.

Try to use an ethernet cable with your laptop for fast and stable internet speed to turn your laptop to a hotspot.

Conclusion

Laptop can also be turned into a hotspot device if the phone is unable to access the WiFi signal. The WiFi module of a laptop is more powerful than a mobile phone, and through a laptop, you can transfer the signals to other devices by following the methods mentioned above.

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Zainab Rehman

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