Sometimes there are too many devices that need an internet connection, but the problem is that there is a single internet cable. In this case, it is best to create a Wi-Fi hotspot as it enables you to use internet on several devices at the same time without using a wire. Fortunately for Windows PC users, they can convert their computer into a Wi-Fi hotspot, and use it to give internet access to several devices. The good thing about Wi-Fi hotspot is that it offers restricted access. The user has to enter the password to connect his devices.
There are various third-party tools for converting a PC into a Wi-Fi hotspot, but Windows 7 and 8 also offer an in-built system for this purpose. It hardly takes 5 minutes to creating a hotspot for enjoying unlimited internet on all the devices free of cost. Here’s how it works.
- Press Windows button on Windows 8.1 and type control panel in search bar.
- Go to “Network and Internet” in control panel.
- Open Network and Sharing Center.
- Now go to “Change Adapter Settings” and make sure that LAN connection is available for sharing with other devices. For this purpose, right click on local area connection and click on properties option.
- Click on the Sharing tab and check the box “Allow other network users to connect through the computer’s internet connection” and press OK. This step is very important as you cannot share internet with other devices without allowing the PC to share internet.
- Go back to Network and Sharing Center and click on the “Set up a new connection or network” option.
- Select “Set up a wireless ad hoc (computer to computer) network” and click Next.
- Click Next to proceed.
- Enter network name and a strong password, and then click Next.
- The process is now complete, press close. You can now connect any other PC or laptop with internet just by entering the password. The PC or laptop will act as a wireless access point which can be used to connect several devices at a time.
Note: Although this guide is written for Windows 8.1, the procedure is almost similar in Windows 7 as well.