Windows 10 provides you with a feature through which you can turn your Windows 10 PC into a Wi-Fi hotspot by just following a few steps. By doing so, you are allowed to share your internet connection, whether it is an Ethernet or wireless network, with other computers so that they can use it too. This feature is extremely useful when you are somewhere with a group of friends or office colleagues and all of you are interested in surfing the internet but only one of you has a good internet connection. In this situation, that one person can share his internet with others by the Hosted Network feature provided by Windows 10. In this article, we will explain to you the method through which you can turn your PC into a Wi-Fi hotspot using Windows 10.
Turning Your PC into a Wi-Fi Hotspot Using Windows 10
For turning your PC into a Wi-Fi hotspot using Windows 10, you need to perform the following steps:
Type cmd in the search section of your taskbar and click on the search results to launch a new command prompt window. The newly opened command prompt window is shown in the image below:
Before proceeding further, you first need to ensure that whether the feature of Hosted Networking is supported by your operating system or not. For checking this, type the command:
netsh wlan show drivers
in command prompt and press enter. This command is shown in the following image:
As soon as you will press enter, a list of all your supported drivers will be displayed. In this information, look for the Hosted Network Supported field. If this field is set to Yes, it means that hosted networking is supported on your PC, otherwise not. It is shown in the image below:
Once you have ensured that hosted networking is supported on your PC, just type the command
netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=X key=Y
in the command prompt and then press enter. Here, X is the name of your hotspot that you want others to recognize your Wi-Fi with and Y is the password for connecting to your hotspot. You can set any name and password of your choice. For example, I have named my hotspot as Win10 and the password is abcd1234. This command is shown in the following image:
Once you have created a hosted network, now you need to activate it. For doing this, type the command:
netsh wlan start hostednetwork
in the command prompt and press enter. This command is shown in the image below:
Now your hosted network is activated so you need to share it with others. For doing this, type control panel in the search section of your taskbar. The control panel window is shown in the following image:
Now click on Network and Internet as shown in the image below:
The Network and Internet window is shown in the following image:
Now click on Network and Sharing Center as shown in the following image:
You will be able to see your newly created hosted network in the list of your active networks as shown in the image below. Now you need to click on an internet connection, whether Ethernet or wireless. In my case, I will click on …… network.
Its Wi-Fi status window will pop up which is shown in the image below:
Now click on the Properties button located at the bottom left of the window.
Now click on the Sharing tab.
In the window shown above, tick the checkbox saying, “Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection.” A dropdown list of network connections will be displayed. Select your hosted virtual network from the list. In our case, it is named as Win10 and then press OK to finish.
Now you have turned your PC into a Wi-Fi hotspot by following just a few simple steps. Anyone who can recognize your Wi-Fi with its name and knows the password of your Wi-Fi can connect to your hotspot now. If you want to let your friends or colleagues use your Wi-Fi hotspot, you just need to provide them with the name/ ssid of your Wi-Fi and the password/ key through which they can connect to it. In this way, you can share your internet connection with a group of people without any difficulty.