This article will teach you how to transform your laptop in a hotspot
Sharing the internet connection through Windows has always been a hard job. There are some programs that may help you but, often, they are not so user friendly and they have security and reliability issues. Therefore, many people prefer not to even think about of this. This thing can be changed because of the new Windows 7 which comes with the Virtual Wi-Fi (hotspot) component.
The idea is simple. the OS can virtualize any compatible wireless adapter in order to make it look like you will have some supplementary wireless adapters. This is the shortest way to make a hotspot from your own laptop.
The effect is instant. After yo have done the settings, the hotspot is operational and any other device (desktops, other laptops, smartphones etc) which have an Wi-Fi adapter, will be able to connect to the newely created hotspot.
The hotspot connection settings are not so hard to do, especially when the network adapter is already installed and working. Most of the wireless adapters, like Atheros, Broadcom ad Realtek, are embedded in your laptops and working from the first moment you have started your Windows.
If the wireless network adapter has already been setup the next step you have to do is setting up the shared internet connection. In order to do this, click on Start button, in the search field type “cmd” and in the results window click on cmd.exe. Choose that this command to be run as administrator. In the next window that will appear insert the following command and press enter:
“netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=IntWiFI key=Password”
You have to replace IntWiFi with the desired name and “Password” with the desired password, as well. In the next step, you have to type the below mentioned command and then press enter in order to start the virtual wireless adapter for creating the hotspot:
“netsh wlan start hostednetwork”
After executing these steps, go to Control Panel and access the “Network ad Internet” section. Then choose “Network and Sharing Center” then go to “Change Adapter Settings”. Right-click on the internet connection and select “Properties” Click on “Sharing” tab and check “Allow other network users to connect…”. Now select the virtual adapter.
And that’s all. This is how to make a hotspot from your laptop. Every devices near your laptop will now be able to connect to the hotspot you have just created. Don’t forget to communicate the password.
Alternatively, you can use some other programs which will allow you to make a hotspot from a laptop, as I said in the first paragraphs of this article. More details here.
What is a hotspot?
A hotspot is a place where an internet connection is available through a local computers network. It uses a router which will be connected to the services of an internet provider. The connection between different devices and the router which creates the hotspot is done through Wi-Fi technology.
In order to use a wireless otspot you will need a device whch is compatible with WiFI – IEEE 802.11 b/g technology. This device will contain and internal or external wireless adapter. The devices that are able to connect to a hotspot could be: smartphones, tablets, laptops, PDA-s etc. Even desktops could have an internal or external wireless adapter which will allow the connect to a hotspot.
In most of the cases, a hotspot offers a free internet connection. You can find hotspots in hotels, restaurants, transport means and other public locations. However, you are advised to take care of the security of your device when connecting to such a hotspot. For example if you will connect your Windows Vista/ 7 laptop to a hotspot, the OS will ask you what kind of location is this. You have to choose “public location” option so the system to adjust its security settings to hotspot safety requirements. The data in your laptop should now be protected.