How to setup WiFi hotspot in Windows 8?


I often get asked ‘How to setup WiFi hotspot in Windows 8?’

What is a WiFi hotspot?

A wifi hotspot is your device’s ability to connect other devices on its network through the use of an internet connection. The most common types of devices with this capability are laptops, tablets, some mobile phones, and Bluetooth-capable smartwatches. However, if the device doesn’t have wifi capabilities already apart of it then you must go out and purchase yourself some hardware to make it wireless ready. This may mean buying new equipment or adding some external pieces but don’t worry because they’re not too expensive especially if you shop around online or at discounted electronic stores. You’ll find that by doing this you’ll be saving heaps of money in the long run by only having to buy one piece rather than buying several when they don’t all come together.

So what do you need to make your computer WiFi ready?

Well, it depends on the type and model that you have but in general, if you look for a ‘PCI Wireless Network Adapter Card’ then you should be fine. You will also need to invest in a wireless router which can be purchased from electronic retailers either online or offline. Nowadays these routers are very cheap and affordable, usually around $20 – $50 AUD so they won’t break the bank. These days most laptops and desktop computers already come with WiFi capabilities built into them so chances are you’ll already have this capability but just didn’t know it.

If this is all too daunting, get in touch with one of our technicians for a WiFi setup.

How to create a WiFi Hotspot on Windows 7?

I am using 7 as an example but the steps are pretty much similar for other operating systems as well such as Mac OSX and Linux (like Ubuntu). Open the control panel by typing it in the search bar of your start menu. Type ‘network and sharing center’ without quotes under the control panel. Click on the option that says “Change adapter settings”. On your right-hand side you will see all your connections listed there like Ethernet and Wireless etc… click on Wireless (or wireless network adapter if you find the list to be different) and then click on “Create a New Ad-hoc Network”. You need not change any settings or anything just leave it as it is. Now check for available wifi connections in your area – there you will see ‘Olive Garden Public’ or something similar under ‘Choose a wireless network’. Connect to it by entering the password given below if any. If no password is needed leave it blank. You are all set to go!

How to create a WiFi Hotspot on Windows 8?

Yes, Windows 8 too has an option for hotspots which can be created both ad hoc and also using an existing internet connection. The way doing so is the same as above except that one should click on “Set up a wireless ad hoc network” alternatively you could also click on the tile labeled ‘Set Up a Connection or Network’ and then choose ‘Set up a New Connection’ from the given options.

How to create a WiFi hotspot on Windows 10?

As for how to create a Wi-Fi hotspot, there are two ways of doing this. One is by rooting your Android phone or tablet and utilizing the Wi-Fi tethering option found in the settings menu. This will only work if you have an Android phone, which supports this function. The other way can be done through Windows software called Connectify Hotspot which allows users to share their internet connection with other devices even without rooting their phones or tablets.


Benefits of having a wifi hotspot on your laptop

As it is said earlier, this option allows you to have an internet connection no matter in what situation you are stuck in. This is very useful in case you are in some area where there is no open wifi connection available but still want to check something online for which one needs internet access otherwise too. Hotspots allow doing so!

Disadvantages of having a WiFi hotspot on your laptop

May find many advantages with having a hotspot on your laptop, but there are also some limitations to it.

– As this option uses your internet connection (which is not unlimited), you may end up having fewer internet data than before if you keep on using the same connection for other devices as well.

– Another issue that one might face with a wifi connection is battery drainers. If your laptop’s battery gets drained quickly and unexpectedly and the only way to get internet access in such a case was through a wireless hotspot, then it can be frustrating!

Tips for getting Internet access when you have no other option

First of all, make sure to use as little data as possible by keeping an eye on usage bar given at the top corner of your screen, because if you end up using too much of data then it might cause your internet to stop working even when you switch to an alternative network!

– If you still encounter issues with internet access through other networks, try booting your computer in safe mode (If the issue only happens when on wifi hotspot and not otherwise, then this can definitely help). Safe Mode is one of the troubleshooting methods by which almost all computer problems are resolved. How do I boot my PC in safe mode?

– Another way to resolve the issue is by restarting your modem or router. If that doesn’t work either, then it’s probably time you called a technician or software engineer for assistance.

3G/LTE Options

You could also check out 3G / LTE USB dongles as well which would give you 4G speeds on the go without the need for wifi hotspots.

You can also create a wifi hotspot on your laptop for the same speeds as any other commercially available modem, but this could cause problems if you are not too sure how to do so or simply don’t want to engage in manual configurations. Most of the time, laptops come with wifi capabilities included but it’s always best to double-check before making rash decisions. Some people would say that they don’t want all their data out there in the open where anyone can just walk up and connect to their network without permission. This is completely understandable and by no means should be taken as an insult against personal security, however, nothing beats linking straight into your computer like plugging directly into the USB port. The only way around it is through Bluetooth, which has its own set of pros and cons that are for another article.

A final note

Lastly, this is really only useful when you have absolutely no other options open to you or any more money left in your account to upgrade or subscribe with any ISP. If you do have other means open that are more preferable then by all means just go ahead and use them instead.

I am a computer engineer holding a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, complemented by a Master's in Business Administration from University of Strathclyde, Scotland. I currently work as a Senior IT Consultant in Melbourne, Australia. With over 15 years of...