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How to create a Wi-Fi hotspot on your laptop

Have you ever come across a situation when where you have a wired cable Internet connection, but no Wi-Fi network to access Internet on other devices? One easy solution for this problem is to use your

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Have you ever come across a situation when where you have a wired cable Internet connection, but no Wi-Fi network to access Internet on other devices? One easy solution for this problem is to use your laptop for creating a Wi-Fi hotspot. We show you how to do that. There are a handful of native apps for Windows that you can use. Some of these include Connectify, mHotspot, Maryfi, MyPublicWiFi and Virtual Router among others. To show you how to turn your laptop into a Wi-Fi hotspot, we will be using Connectify. Let’s dive right in to see Connectify at work.

Step One

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To begin with, we need to download the Connectify software from its official website. There are two versions – a basic, free to use version that comes with a few limitations and a paid version priced between $35 – $90 (approximately Rs 2,100 to Rs 6,500). The paid version lets you change the SSID (name of your Wi-Fi hotspot), access firewall controls and also lets you use your laptop as a Wi-Fi repeater. (A Wi-Fi repeater takes signals from existing Wi-Fi router and rebroadcasts it to extend the connectivity to other rooms). For most purposes, the free version would suffice.

Step Two

Install Connectify software and reboot your laptop. Once the reboot is complete, a shortcut will be created on the desktop – just double-click on this to run Connectify. You might get a pop-up asking for Firewall unblocking, just click on allow to let it run.

Step Three

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Once Connectify is running, we head to configuration settings. From the drop down menu “Internet to share”, you’ll need to select the wired internet network that you want to share for creating a hotspot. As we are using the free version, we can only change the default password to something of our own. Once the password is changed, just click on “Start Hotspot” and you’re done. This free version lets you connect five devices at a time.

Step Four

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Turn on the Wi-Fi on your smartphone, tablet or any other Wi-Fi enabled device, tap on Connectify, enter the password and ahoy, you’re connected.

You can also use your desktop PC to create a Wi-Fi Hotspot. However, you’ll need an external USB Wi-Fi adapter for the same. Depending on the brand that you choose, the Wi-Fi adapter could cost anywhere between Rs 600 to Rs 1,500 or more. Besides Connectify, other software mentioned here also work in a similar manner. We hope you’ll be able to make the most from this tutorial.