Windows 10 enables you to turn on a WiFi hotspot allowing you to share your wireless connection with a number of devices. In this article, we’ll tell you about how to turn Windows 10 into a WiFi hotspot. Please note that it’s a hidden feature, so there is no On/Off switch to access this. However, there are several ways to which you can turn Windows 10 into a WiFi hotspot. Read on.
Turn Windows 10 into a WiFi Hotspot
Method No.1: Set Up WiFi Hotspot Using the Command Prompt
- First of all, you need to open the command prompt with administrator privileges
- Next, press the Windows key +X keyboard shortcut and select the Command Prompt (Admin) option from the pop-up menu
- While you’re in Command Prompt (Admin), enter the following command and press the Enter key,
NETSH WLAN set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=Your_SSID
Where the SSID is the name you want to discover your wireless network while trying to connect a new device and the password is the network security key you want users to use to connect to your network. Please note that the password has to be at least 8 characters in length.
- Once done, you can enter the following command to activate the WiFi hotspot,
NETSH WLAN start hostednetwork
- Your WiFi hotspot should be activated and you can check its status in the network and sharing center of your control panel
- You can now connect your devices to the hotspot and use the analogous WiFi connection without using third-party tools
If you want to stop allowing other devices to connect wirelessly through your PC, simply enter the following command in the Command Prompt and press the Enter key,
NETSH WLAN stop hostednetwork
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Method No.2: Set Up WiFi Hotspot Using Connectify Hotspot
If you don’t want to use the above-mentioned method, there are various applications that you can download and use to share your WiFi connection with other devices. One of the most popular among them is Connectify Hotspot. It is an easy-to-use virtual router application allowing you to share the Internet network from your PC, laptop, or tablet with your smartphone, media player, game console, other laptops and tablets, and also your nearby friends.
Whether you’re traveling or just working from a shop, Connectify Hotspot keeps you connected anytime and anywhere. Basically, it’s free version performs the similar operation as the Command Prompt method does, but you can turn your PC into a wired router or WiFi repeater with the help of a subscription.
Once you install the application, just click on the Try it out button in order to start using the tool. Your hotspot will be assigned a default name along with a password, but you can also change this. Please note that with the free version your hotspot name must start with “Connectify”. Let’s say, “Connectify-me”.
Make sure you can select the correct Internet connection to share and set your password. Once you’re done, you can start the hotspot by clicking on the Start Hotspot button. From now, you can connect any device to your Connectify Hotspot as you would connect to any other WiFi hotspot.
Walk through the video displayed below to know more about Connectify Hotspot.