From laptops, cell phone, tablet to TV’s and recently the camera too, every device is Wi-Fi certified. This 802.11 technology has made our life simple by providing internet on every device. WiFi routers have become among the basic needs of the house-hold. What if you don’t have a router and still have WiFi devices?
There is no need to buy any separate hardware for it, your WiFi certified PC or Laptop can act as a WiFi router. With the announcement of Windows 8, I was expecting Microsoft to integrate this functionality as a one-click native feature in the new operating system. Even though, this didn’t happen, there are a few third-party applications which have made it possible.
Turn Windows PC into a WiFi hotspot
Here’s how to turn your PC or Laptop into a WiFi hotspot.
WiFi HotSpot Creator is an easy to use and simple application for Windows that will turn your PC with a wireless card or Laptop into a WiFi hotspot. This application works on the same technology used in the WiFi routers and uses your DSL, Cable, Mobile Broadband Card, Dial-Up, etc any of these connections to create a hotspot and that too without any need of extra hardware.
Step One: Download, Install and Run WiFi HotSpot Creator
Step Two: Under WiFi Name, type a name for your network. (WiFi network will appear on your devices with this name)
Step Three: Type a password to ensure the security.
Step Four: Select the network card that your PC or Laptop is using.
Step Five: Select the maximum number of users that will connect to the WiFi.
Step Six: Click the Start button.
Step Seven: That’s it. Your PC or Laptop has started working as a WiFi hotspot. Use your devices to discover the network.
WiFi HotSpot Creator software download
Even though, there are many such applications, WiFi HotSpot Creator is very easy to use solution and works on the one-click action principle. You can download it here.
UPDATE: Make sure you opt out of additional freeware that it wants to install. Click on the Skip all free offers button to do so.
It works on any Windows PC or Laptop (including Windows 8) – the only basic requirement is a Wireless Network Card and .NET Framework 4 installed. If you have it, you are good to go!
Also see Connectify, Bzeek and Enable Internet Connection Sharing & Create a Wi-Fi hotspot in Windows 8 natively.