Turn Your Windows PC Into A Wi-Fi Hot Spot
Turn your Windows PC into a Wi-Fi hot spot that lets your PC share its Internet connection with other devices.
If you want to share your PC’s Internet with your phone or tablet, Wi-Fi hotspot feature would let you do that. The ability to turn your laptop into a private Wi-Fi hotspot was too easy in Windows 7, because of the ad hoc network support. But with Windows 8, things have turn out to be more complicated.
I have tried it in Windows 8, it is very possible, but it requires knowledge of command prompt.
Step 1- netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=myssid key=password (Here replace myssid and password with your own choice).
Step 2 – netsh wlan start hostednetwork
And for someone, who don’t know computer as much, they can use Virtual Router Plus, open source software based router for PCs running Windows 7, Windows 8. Using Virtual Router Plus, you can wirelessly share any internet connection (Wifi, LAN, Cable Modem, Dial-up, Cellular, etc.) with any Wifi device (Laptop, Smart Phone, iPod Touch, iPhone, Android Phone, Zune, Netbook, wireless printer, etc.). These devices connect to Virtual Router just like any other access point, and the connection is completely secured using WPA2 .
You need to download software from http://virtualrouterplus.com/, just extract the Zip file, and launch the VirtualRouterPlus.exe. No installation required – the program will simply launch. Enter a name for your network, and then choose a secure password with at least eight characters. Finally, choose the connection you want to share and click Start.
Let’s see how it works using commands.
Step 1 – Run Command Prompt window as Administrator
You can do so by pressing Win+X and choose command prompt (Admin) from the popup.
Step 2 – Type the following command to check if you have a supported wireless device.
Command : netsh wlan show drivers
Step 3 – If “hosted network supported” is “Yes”, then type the following command to set wireless parameters such as SSID, and password, and start the service
Command : netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=myssid key=password (Here replace myssid and password with your own choice).
Command : netsh wlan start hostednetwork
Step 4 – Turn on Internet Connection.
Do it, by going to Control Panel -> Network & Internet -> Network Connections – Right click the adapter and go to properties.
Check on the option “Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection” under Sharing tab.