by Barry Dysert
(last updated October 24, 2016)
The Windows 10 Anniversary Update came out with relatively little fanfare. One thing that's great about it, though, is how easy it is to set up your Wi-Fi enabled computer as a hotspot so you can share your network with others.
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.
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