Setting Up Your Wi-Fi Enabled Computer As a Hotspot

by Barry Dysert
(last updated June 24, 2020)

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One great feature of Windows 10 is the ability to easily set up your Wi-Fi enabled computer as a hotspot so you can share your network with others. This capability was introduced a few years ago with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update which came out with relatively little fanfare.

To begin, click Start and Settings. This will take you to the Windows Settings. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. Windows Settings.

Click the Network & Internet icon. This brings up the Network window: (See Figure 2.)

Figure 2. Network Window.

Clicking the "Mobile Hotspot" link on the left changes the right side of the window whose top looks like: (See Figure 3.)

Figure 3. Turning on Mobile Hotspot.

By moving the slider from Off to On, you can start sharing your network connection with anyone in reach. What is not shown in the above figure is the network name and password, but anyone who wants to use your network will have to know these credentials. Also, if you don't like the default name and/or password, there's an Edit button you can click that will allow you to specify your own values for them.

 This tip (13487) applies to Windows 10.

Author Bio

Barry Dysert

Barry has been a computer professional for over 35 years, working in different positions such as technical team leader, project manager, and software developer. He is currently a software engineer with an emphasis on developing custom applications under Microsoft Windows. When not working with Windows or writing Tips, Barry is an amateur writer. His first non-fiction book is titled "A Chronological Commentary of Revelation." ...

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What is one more than 7?

2016-10-26 08:28:37

allen@sharonparq.com

MS: You are correct; that was an error in the newsletter. I understand the frustration, but once the newsletter is sent out with the error, there is no way to call it back and correct it.

-Allen


2016-10-26 04:41:41

MS

While the beginning and end of this tip states it applies to Windows 10, the newsletter stated it applied to Windows 7, 8, and 10.

It's great that it is clear and corrected in the tip but frustrating that the newsletter was incorrect.


2016-10-25 12:03:11

David H.

My Laptop is connected to my home wifi network. When guests are here, I just give them the wifi name and p/w. I don't understand why I would need to use this feature when they could just connect to my home wifi directly? I must be missing something....


2016-10-25 05:35:07

malcolm

NOW it says it, Allen!


2016-10-24 08:48:51

allen@sharonparq.com

Notice at both the beginning and end of this tip it says that it applies to Windows 10.

-Allen


2016-10-24 07:15:57

Malcolm

Doesn't work in my Windows 7 Pro! The word "settings" is not clickable anywhere.


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