This is the guide to turning your PC into Wireless hotspot the easy way. Many of us know how to join wireless networks with our computers. For most of us, a WiFi network is our basic mode of connection to the internet. But not so many can actually set up a WiFi hotspot on their computers. That’s why I wrote this article. Here, I am going to show you a simple guide to setting that up on your Windows computer.
Before we dive into the how let’s dwell on the what for a bit.
What Is A Wireless Hotspot?
A Wireless hotspot is a wireless access point which provides network or Internet access to other WiFi-enabled computing devices such as laptops or smartphones. A Wireless hotspot Your wireless-enabled device, such as a laptop, iPod or smartphone, will typically notify you when it is within the range of an available wireless network. If you don’t get the “wireless networks are available” notification, you can go into your network settings to find available wireless networks. You can then accept or initiate the connection to the hotspot’s wireless network, which is usually identified in the network name (SSID). Note that SSID is simply the technical term for a network name and it. The full meaning of SSID is Service Set Identifier.
What Do You Need To Set Up A Wireless Hotspot?
- The primary requirement for setting up a wireless hotspot on your computer is a wireless network adapter.
Don’t worry, odds are your computer has a wireless network card pre-installed. But if you don’t have one built in or you want to upgrade your laptop to faster Wi-Fi, you can purchase a USB wireless adapter here.
- Also ensure that you have your Windows firewall turned on (Windows has Firewall as an inbuilt feature, so all you need to do is just turn it on from Windows Control Panel).
Enough information, let’s get down to business.
How To Turn Your PC To Wireless Hotspot
To set up a wireless hotspot with your computer, heed the steps that follow. Windows 7 is the operating system we used in creating this guide. So, if you have a more recent OS like Windows 8 or 10, you will find the steps are slightly different.
So let’s get things underway.
Go to this directory: Control Panel\Network and Internet\Network and Sharing Center and click on Set up a new connection or network. To do this, click the Start menu on your taskbar and click Control Panel. After that, navigate to Network and Internet then click Network and Sharing Center.
Click on Set up a wireless ad-hoc (computer-to-computer) network and click Next to get to the next window.
On the next window, click Next again.
The next step is to configure the hotspot and this will require the following the details:
- Network name: Here, you will be required to give the network a name, example Techblogo.
- Security type: Available options are No authentication(Open), WEP, WPA2-Personal. My recommendation here is that you choose WPA2 as it is the most secure of the three options.
- Security key: Specify your hotspot password. It’s a good practice to use a combination of letters and numbers such that it won’t be easy for anyone to guess. Also be careful not to choose a password that you will have a hard time remembering too.
- Save this network: Ticking this box is optional but if ticked, it will save your just concluded network configuration. After that, click the Next button to continue.
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Now that your hotspot is all set up, go ahead and connect a WiFi-enabled device to your wireless network.