How to use your laptop as a wifi hotspot

By | 23 March, 2013

Imagine the scenario:

– My internet connection is on the top floor and although i have a wifi router that broadcasts a wifi hotspot so i can access all over the house, the first floor doesnt have that much reception.
– Sometimes i have my laptop downstairs, in the living room, where i have wifi.
– Would be nice to, occasionally, have wifi in the bathroom or kitchen.

Solution after the break.

Use your laptop as a wifi hotspot and connect your gadgets, tablets or mobile phones, to it from the bathroom/kitchen.

Here’s how you do it – i only tested this on Windows 8 but its supposed to work on windows 7 also:

– Open a command prompt with administration rights
– Type

netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=MYNET key=MYPASSWORD

– Replace MYNET by the name you want to give your hotspot (no spaces), and MYPASSWORD by the password you want to give it
– Type

netsh wlan start hostednetwork

– Then you have to go to your internet connection properties and activate the internet sharing:
– You can go through Control Panel, Network and Sharing Settings, Change Adapter Settings, right-click on your active internet connection, go to the Sharing Tab, enable “Allow other network users to connect…”, choose your virtual wifi adaptor (that appeared after you gave those commands above) and press OK

From your tablet/mobile phone you will see a new wifi hotspot. Just connect to it and you are off to a nice kitchen online recipe hunting.

All the credits go to Mike Williams with this article (i also tried the more simple approach he gave but it didnt work so well for me – your mileage might vary):

How to turn your Windows 7 laptop into a wireless hotspot