How to set up a WiFi hotspot on various devices

WiFi Hotspot

Some may find it expensive to have separate data connections for their laptops, smartphones and tablets. The following tutorials will show you how to set up WiFi hotspot on various devices.

On Windows 7 PC:

There’s two way to set up WiFi Hotspot on your Windows 7 PC. The first one is of moderate difficulty.

1. Windows 7 features a program called Virtual Wi-Fi. This program virtualise any compatible wireless adapter to make it appear to use for different devices for sharing your internet connection. To set up WiFi using this feature you’ll first need elevated command prompt. To open a elevater command prompt, Click Start, type CMD, right-click the Cmd.exe link and select “Run as Administrator”.

Now type the following command:

netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=MyNet key=MyPassword

and press Enter. Replace “MyNet” with the name you would like to give to your custom network and “MyPassword” with a password that’s hard to guess.

Now, still at the command line, type

netsh wlan start hostednetwork

and press Enter to start your virtual adapter.

Now go to 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 - and you’re done.

Now any nearby Wi-Fi enabled devices should see your custom network. They will be able to connect to it using your password, and can then immediately share your internet connection.

This method is bit hard but is very reliable.

2. If you Google for ‘Wi-Fi hotspot software’ you’ll get many available for download and use. Here are some of the software I’d recommend you to use if you want to avoid Method 1.

a. Virtual Router
Virtual Router is compact, free and will automate the whole process for you. You just have to enter your Custom Network Name and Password.

b. Connectify
Connectify is also as simple to use as Virtual Router with same process.

c. Virtual WiFi Router
This one is also as same as above. I’m using this on my laptop to connect my smartphone.

On Mac:

MacBooks with OSX 10.5 (Leopard) onwards has built-in feature called Internet Sharing, this does the trick for Mac Users to set up a hotspot. To enable it, go to System Preferences > Sharing and there you’ll see an option called Internet Sharing. Select the connection you want to share (Ethernet, 3G modem, Wi-Fi ) using the drop-down box. Click Wi-Fi Options to set a network name, broadcast channel and add a password for secure access.

On Smartphones:

Smartphones now a days come with built-in Wi-Fi hotspot feature. You can use phone’s 3G connection to create a hotspot, and can share with up to five devices. Devices like Apple iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S II, Galaxy SIII, Galaxy Note, Nokia Lumia 800, etc. supports this feature.

Nokia Symbian users can enable a hotspot by using free app named as JoikuSpot Lite.

Using portable wireless router:

For using this you’ll need any commercially available data card. All you have to do is plug the data card into the portable router which has regular USB. Initial configurations like entering username, password, network settings of the data card is required and once done, you’re wireless router is up and running. You can also assign your own name to the network and set a password.

Please comment below about your tips, technique, other than these. If you’re having any problem with the above provided methods, you can shoot a comment below or tweet to me @nikhu07.

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