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HOW TO USE YOUR LAPTOP/PC AS Wi-Fi HOTSPOT ?

We all find the need to turn our PC as a WiFi router. It's certainly the need to share the internet connectivity with other devices in range.


Mac users can do it a lot easily. Here’s how to share your Mac’s Internet connection.
  • Open system preferences > Sharing > Internet sharing.
  • Expand the drop down menu and select the name of the connection you want to share. You’ll have the option to share from Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or even iPhone USB.
  • You have to select options depending on your type of connection.
  • For wired connection on iMac, Mac Pro or Macbook Pro select Ethernet.
  • For external Ethernet adapter, select USB Ethernet.
  • You can set the name and password of the Connection you want to share in Security options.
  • The connection will be active and you’ll see a green icon and a text – “Internet Sharing” under System preferences.
Even Windows allows you to do so. But there is different way depending on the version of the Windows that you are using. You can do it by using a software like Connectify. It's pretty much simple and you can use the feature "Connectify Hotspot".  (It's a paid software)

Here are steps to setup your Wi-Fi hotspot.
  • Download Connectify and install it.
  • Restart your PC once the installation is complete.
  • Connect your PC to the internet and run the Connectify.
  • It will open with two tabs. Setting and Clients.
  • Open the setting tab and click on Create and choose “Wi-Fi hotspot”.
  • Now, expand “the Internet to share” option. Different connections which you can share will be displayed.
  • Click on the connection, you want to share. Voila !
Windows 10

Open “Main settings” by pressing windows button on your keyboard.
Open Network and Internet setting and click on “Mobile hotspot” option on the left side.
Turn on the “Share my internet connection with other devices” switch on the right-hand side.
You can edit the connection name and password that you want to share by clicking on edit option.
Done. Enjoy the shared internet.

Windows 7/8 users can download Virtual Router. It’s free, open source and easy to use.

That is how you turn your PC/ Laptop into a hotspot. Now, you'll be able to connect other devices to the specified network. If you also have some tricks, then mention them in a comment section below.

Shrey Kapoor is a Tech-Enthusiast, Harvard certified Cyber Security and Cyber Forensics Expert. He Founder Techphlie.com, which is one of the India's Top Tech News Website. Even Forbes and many other renowned publishers took his articles reference. Shrey is a Technology analyst, strategic thinker and creative writer who is passionate to deliver the best, latest possible Tech-News to his followers and subscribers. He completed his masters in Artificial Intelligence & Robotics, certified in IPR, T.Q.M. & ISO 9001:2008 In Quality Management Systems.

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