How to Make Your Laptop a Hotspot

By Michael Elkins

Turning your laptop into a wireless hotspot is easy. With a wired Internet connection, you can make a password-enabled Wi-Fi hotspot for your friends and neighbors to connect to without a wireless router. There is no limit to the number of devices available for hook up to your hotspot, but if too many connect through your laptop, you will likely lose connection speed. Note that people on your network have access to the files on your laptop.

Things You'll Need

  • Wired connection

Step 1

Plug the wired connection Ethernet cable into the Ethernet port on your laptop.

Step 2

Press the "Start" button. Choose "Control Panel" from the “Start” menu.

Step 3

Double click the "Network and Sharing Center" icon.

Step 4

Choose "Set Up a New Connection" under the "Tasks" menu on the left-hand side of the screen.

Step 5

Choose "Set Up a Wireless, Ad Hoc Network" from the available options.

Step 6

Name your network and choose a password.

Step 7

Press the button that says, "Turn on Internet Connection Sharing." These steps enable your Wi-Fi hotspot.