Turn your Windows 7 laptop into a WiFi hotspot

wifi hotspot towerFor Windows 7 users, here is a way to turn your laptop into a WiFi hotspot. Note that you would need a compatible/ updated Windows 7 wireless network adapter driver. To date, brand names like Atheros, Broadcom and Realtek have been known to work. (Most of the newer laptops come with the above brands.)

1. Click Start (i.e. the Windows logo at the bottom left hand corner), type Cmd, right-click the Cmd.exe link and select “Run as Administrator”. If you don’t have that option, you aren’t an Administrator to your computer and you can’t proceed unless you’re setup as one.

2. Type the command below:

netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=MyNetworkhere key=Password

and press [Enter]. Replace “MyNetworkhere” with the name you’d like to use for your new wifi network, and “Password” with a password of your choice.

3. While you are still at the command line, type

netsh wlan start hostednetwork

4. and press [Enter] to start the virtual adapter.

5. Now click Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Centre > Change Adapter Settings, right-click your internet connection and select Properties. Click the Sharing tab, check “Allow other network users to connect…”, choose your virtual Wi-Fi adapter.

That’s it! From now on, any WiFi capable device will able to pick up your laptop as a Wifi hotspot. Your WiFi network name (or SSID) will be what you defined above. Guess what, you’ve just learnt a trick to bypass having to purchase a wireless router for your house (with some minor downsides of course).

If you don’t want to share your laptop hotspot anymore:

Click Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Centre > Change Adapter Settings, right-click your internet connection and select Properties. Click the Sharing tab, uncheck “Allow other network users to connect…”, click  OK .

*Disclaimer: If done correctly, the above instructions should not cause problems with your computer. However, we will not be held responsible for any corrupted settings or if your operating system ends up being inoperable. Use this tip/trick at your own risk. Due to high volume of comments (asking for support and suggestions to why it is not working), we have made the decision that we will not respond to any support requests beyond this article. *

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