How to turn your Windows 10 PC into a Wi-Fi hotspot

by Mr virtual router review (2016-11-15)

Have you ever wanted to share your wired Internet connection with the rest of your devices? With Windows 10 and a free app, the process is fairly painless.

There are times when you might have a wired or wireless connection on your laptop that you would like to share with others. Think about being at a hotel — where they often charge by device connected — or at a conference where connections can be spotty.

Over at Lifehacker they detail a more technical way to make this happen — it involves using the command line — but we've found an even easier solution. It's an app called Virtual Router and its free (though you can donate if you find it useful).

The app works with Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 12 and Windows 10.
Step 1: Download and install the app

This is easy. Just go to Virtual Router's homepage and download the app and install it. It doesn't contain any bloatware or adware.

Now fill out the name of the network you want and the password you want to use. The name will be the name that shows up for other devices. We chose "FreeWiFi.AndCandy" because it seemed enticing. For the password, this is WPA2 security, so it needs to be at least 8 characters.

We chose "yourmom69" because it has letters and numbers. And because we're children at heart.

Now, select the connection you want to share from the dropdown link. Depending on how you're connected, the choice might be different. If you're connected over Ethernet, choose the Ethernet connection. If you're connected to the Internet over Wi-Fi, select your Wi-Fi device.

Click "Start Virtual Router Manager"

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