How To: Use your PC as a wire­less hotspot

Even your com­puter can share its In­ter­net con­nec­tion with other de­vices when nec­es­sary. IAN PAUL shows how

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There’s noth­ing hand­ier than turn­ing one of your de­vices into a mo­bile hotspot so that all your gad­gets can get on the In­ter­net when a router isn’t avail­able. Usu­ally when it comes down to shar­ing an In­ter­net con­nec­tion, it’s your phone or tablet that does the heavy lift­ing. But there are times when your PC could end up be­ing the de­vice of choice.

If, for ex­am­ple, you’re on ho­tel Wi-Fi. Or say you want to share your Wi-Fi at home, but you don’t want to share your net­work pass­word and your router doesn’t have a guest mode. Those are just two pos­si­ble sce­nar­ios that you might run into from time to time.

Shar­ing your PC’s In­ter­net con­nec­tion is easy in Win­dows 10. The fea­ture al­lows up to eight de­vices to get on­line si­mul­ta­ne­ously. Here’s how I did it us­ing a PC run­ning the Cre­ators Up­date.

There are two ways to ac­ti­vate your PC as a mo­bile hotspot. The first is to click the In­ter­net con­nec­tion icon on the far right of your taskbar. In the pop-up panel that ap­pears you should see a tile la­belled Mo­bile hotspot (pic­tured here). Click that tile and you’re ready to go.

The prob­lem with this method is that you don’t know the name of your hotspot or its pass­word. That’s why the first time you use the fea­ture you should start in the Set­tings app.

Open the Set­tings app (click Start and choose the set­tings cog icon in the lower-left corner), and go to Net­work & In­ter­net > Mo­bile hotspot.

On the screen op­po­site, there’s an on/off slider at the top to ac­ti­vate the mo­bile hotspot fea­ture. Be­low that is a drop-down menu la­belled Share my

In­ter­net Con­nec­tion from. Here you can choose which In­ter­net con­nec­tion from your PC to use. If you had a Wi-Fi and eth­er­net con­nec­tion, for ex­am­ple, you could choose which­ever you pre­fer.

Be­low that set­ting is the all-im­por­tant net­work name, which is the router name every­one will see when they search for nearby Wi-Fi con­nec­tions. Next is the pass­word. Win­dows au­to­mat­i­cally gen­er­ates a net­work name and pass­word. If you’d like to change ei­ther or both of these op­tions click the Edit but­ton.

One last set­ting for any­one whose PC has Blue­tooth. There’s a fea­ture that lets an­other de­vice turn on the mo­bile hotspot fea­ture re­motely if both de­vices are paired. This is on by de­fault.

That’s pretty much all there is to mo­bile hotspots in Win­dows 10. Make sure you note the net­work name and pass­word, then turn on the fea­ture ei­ther in the Set­tings app or taskbar, share the pass­word with other de­vices, and every­one will be on­line in no time.

You can turn your Win­dows 10 PC into a mo­bile hotspot

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