You can share your laptop or desktop Internet connection via Wi-Fi to other devices, and for the most part, it’s quite simple. Mac users face no trouble at all, as setting up Internet sharing in OS X is just a couple of click away, but for Windows users, the process can be a little bit more labored. The built-in options don’t always cut it due to the complicated setup and reliability problems.
How to Use Your Laptop as a Wi-Fi Hotspot
Steps to setup your Windows Laptop as a Wi-Fi hotspot:
- Download Connectify and install it. The installation is pretty straightforward and when installation is complete, restart your computer.
- After restarting the computer, check whether it is connected to the Internet. If it is, run the Connectify Hotspot app.
- You’ll see two tabs in the app – Settings and Clients. In the Settings tab, under Create a… click Wi-Fi Hotspot.
- Under Internet to Share, you’ll see a drop-down menu. Expand it and select the connection you want to share.
- Under that, you’ll see some more options. Add a Wi-Fi password. Click Start Hotspot.
Steps to set up your MacBook as a Wi-Fi hotspot:
- Open System Preferences > Sharing > check Internet Sharing on the left.
- On the right, expand the drop-down menu next to Share your connection from and select the connection you want to share. You can share Internet connections from Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or even iPhone USB.
- Just below that, there’s a box next to To computers using: where you should check the box next to Wi-Fi.
- Click the Wi-Fi Options button on the box. Pick a Network Name, Security Type and enter the password twice in fields named Password and Verify. You can leave Channel as the default value unless you know what you are doing. Click OK.
- If the connection is active, you’ll see a green icon and text Internet Sharing: On under System Preferences.