How to Use My Laptop As a Wi-Fi Router to Connect My Phone to the Internet?

By Stephen Lilley

If you want to use your laptop computer as a Wi-Fi router to give your cell phone the ability to connect to the Internet, you will have to create an Ad-Hoc network. An Ad-Hoc wireless network is a type of connection that lets other devices, like other computers or even cell phones, use the wireless Internet connection that your laptop is currently connected to. Ad-Hoc networks can be created using the Windows operating system.

Step 1

Click "Start."

Step 2

Click "Control Panel."

Step 3

Click "Network and Sharing Center."

Step 4

Click on the option in the Network and Sharing Center window that reads "Set up a new connection or network." From the window that opens select the "Set up a wireless ad hoc (computer-to-computer) network" option. Once you have done this, click "Next."

Step 5

Name your ad hoc wireless connection by typing a designated name in to the "Name" box. If you want to password protect your ad hoc, type a password into the "Password" box. Click "Create." Your laptop will now act as a Wi-Fi router, allowing your cell phone to access the Internet.