Turn Your Windows 7 PC Into Wi-Fi Hotspot For Sharing Internet

Windows 7 lets you create wireless hotspot by means of which you can instantly share any internet connection. This is useful in case you have a wired internet connection and would like to share it with your laptop.

If you have a Windows 7 laptop or PC connected to wired internet and also have a Wi-Fi adapter, you can convert your Windows 7 PC into a Wi-Fi hotspot and share it’s internet connection without the need of Wireless router. We earlier showed you how to use a freeware “Connectify” to do it. But now we will show you how to do it without any third party software.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to do it:

1. Connect your Windows 7 PC to internet. It can be Wired internet or wireless internet from 3G or Data Card.

2. Click Start—> Control Panel

3. Set “View by: Category” and then click on “View network status and tasks”. (Refer image below)

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4. Click “Set up a new connection or network”.

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5. Select “Set up a wireless ad hoc (computer-to-computer) network” and then click “Next”.

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6. Click “Next”.

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7. Give a name to your wifi network. Choose Security type as “WPA2-Personal” and give a security key. Check the box “Save this network”. Click “Next”.

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8. Windows will then show you the wifi hotspot name and network security key. You will have to enter this network security key when you connect to this wifi hotspot from another PC. Click “Close”.

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9. At this point you have now successfully created the wifi hotspot. Another PC can now connect to the wifi hotspot. But it will not have internet connection.

Hence you need to share the internet connection.

Follow Step 2 and Step 3 again. Then click on “Change adapter settings” in the left pane of “Network and Sharing Center”.

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10. Select and right-click on the connection from which you are having internet and select “Properties”. For Data Card, it will be High Speed Data. If are using Wired internet via Ethernet cable, you need to choose “Local Area Connection”.

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11. Click on “Sharing” tab. In “Internet Connection Sharing” section, check the box “Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection” and choose the “Home networking connection as “Wireless Network Connection”. Click “OK”.

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You are done. Now you should be able to access internet in other PC.

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7 Responses

  1. Trung says:

    very useful tip.thanks for sharing

  2. Laeeq Mahmood says:

    Thanks for nice sharing

  3. Damub4u says:

    Great info and Thank you so much for this info

  4. Adifoto75 says:

    does not work, i am not able to connect my Samsung galaxy s2 android phone, cannot find the network my work be twin 2 computer dough I did not try

  5. saoVTE says:

    i couldn’t find “set up a wireless ad hoc” how or where to find it?

  6. saoVTE says:

    i couldn’t find “set up a wireless ad hoc” how or where to find it?

  7. HAMID_JON'S says:

    Thank you i was seeking this information
    thanx a lot!!!