You know what they say, ” Sharing is caring.” So, if what you want to do is share your Internet connection you can thanks to an integrated Windows 10 feature called Hosted Network. This feature is not new, but the steps may not be the ones you remember due to all the updates Windows has gone through.
Now, your friends can no longer accuse you of being selfish since you’ll be sharing something as important as your Internet connection. There are some things you will need to consider if this is going to work such as if your computer has the necessary hardware.
What You’ll Need Before Creating a WiFi Hotspot in Windows 10
The computer you want to use as a WiFi hotspot has to meet specific requirements. For example, make sure that you have a Broadband connection and a working WiFi adapter. If you’re going to try this method on a PC, then you might also need a USB wireless adapter. They can easily be found on Amazon at decent prices.
Right-click on the Start menu and choose Device Manager and locate the Network Adapters option. You should be able to see an adapter that says either WiFi or Wireless.
If it has an arrow pointing down, right-click on it and choose Enable device. Don’t ignore the exclamation mark if you see one. Right-click on it and select Properties > Driver > Update Driver or Roll Back Driver if the previous option fails for some reason.
The WiFi hotspot should now be on. Right-click on the Windows Start menu and select Mobile Hotspot. Under the option that allows you to enable Mobile hotspot, you’ll see a drop-down menu under Share my Internet connection over, make sure you choose WiFi.
Once the Mobile Hotspot is enabled, you should see the Network name and the newly created password. If you ever need to make any changes, click on the edit button under the Network name and password.
If you have other Windows 10 that meet the requirements to be a WiFi hotspot, you can remotely turn on that feature. If you’re still in the Mobile hotspot settings page, scroll down to the Turn on remotely option. For this option to work you will need to turn off the feature on the computer you’re currently on.
It’s vital that the Bluetooth on all computers are working since you’ll need to use it to connect them to the WiFi hotspot. Once you’ve paired the devices, they should be able to use your Windows 10 computer as WiFi hotspot even after you’ve turned it off (Android device not included).
Connecting to a WiFi Hotspot
To connect tot he WiFi hotspot, look for the name you were given and connect as if it were any other WiFi connection. Enter the password, and you’ll be granted access. Keep in mind that the maximum amount of devices the WiFi hotspot can handle is eight. In the Mobile hotspot settings page, you will be how many devices are currently connected.
Unfortunately, there is no way to only eliminate one device from connecting. Your only option would be to change the password give it out to those you still want to give access to. How many devices are you going to allow? Share your experience in the comments.